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 - Families mourn troops By The Associated Press...
Families mourn troops By The Associated Press FORT RILEY - Worried parents and wives flooded Fort Riley and Red Cross officials with calls after learning three soldiers had been killed and another injured in a live-fire training exercise in California. But the calls had slowed to a trickle by Saturday -- a day after the accident. The last family members of the three victims had been notified of their loved ones' deaths late Friday night. The victims — all assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor as indirect fire infantrymen — were identified Saturday afternoon as: • Sgt. Clifton J. Docklar. 22. Shelton, Wash., who entered the Army in January 1998. • Spec. Bobby L. Newton, 27, New Orleans, who came into the Army in November 1997. • Pvt. 2 Oscar Perez-Jimenez, 19. West Covina. Calif, who en­ tered the Army In July 2001, Pfc, Jamie Weare of Indianapolis, Ind,, was treated and released at Weed Army Community Hospital and had returned to his unit later Friday The men died when a 120mm mortar round fired from an armored vehicle exploded prematurely during a training exercise ciuring the pre-dawn hours at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. Calif Decklar and Newton left wives and children. Weare also was married, a deputy public affairs officer at Fort Riley said. Decklar's wife, Danielle, 21, was visiting her parents and didn't learn of her husband's death until Friday night. The couple's daughter, MaKenzie Marie, is only 10 months old. "He was a good father, he was a good husband and a good soldier." said Mike Westfall, Danielle's father

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 31 Mar 2002, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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