Elmer Virnich injured in army 1942
five Soldiers Are Killed When Mortar Lets Go Premature Explosion Of Shell During Practice Is Cause Los Angeles, April 24.--(/P)-Five soldiers were killed and 16 Â·wounded, three seriously, in the premature explosion of a moitar shell near LaMesa, San Diego county, today. Headquarteis of the Southem California sector, Pacific coastal' frontier, said the shell, being fired from a 60-millimeter inor- tar during drill, exploded betoie it cleared the gun's muzzle. The dead and wounded, all infantrymen, were believed members of the gun crew. The Army immediately appointed a board of inquiry. Army officers would not speculate on the cause. The liore of a tiO-niillinieter mortar 'was described as being about two and three-quarter inches, and the shell, loaded with explosive, -neighed about five pounds. Casualty List The dead- Sgt. Chauncey H. Orr, Napa, Calif.; Corp. Lloyd K. Johnson. "\allejo, Calif.; P\t. First Class Wayne A. Haeekl, Napa, Calif . Pvt. Porter L. Little, Elkhart, Texas, and Pvt. Conrad M Trauste, Lincoln, Calif Wounded in the accident were Corp. Robeit J. Schultz, Corp Ed-Rin R. Bjrne, Pu. Rexford Killion, Pit. First Class Graydon F. Kichul. Pvt. LeRoy Thompson. Pvt. Fhst Class Ronald M McCritchie. Pit. First Class Edvil \V. Ragan, PU. Russell B. Hines, Corp. William J. Coitiite, Corp Angelo Cecchini. Sgt James E Morgan, Sgt Manuel S. Gomez, Sgt. Terrell H. Perkins, Pvt. First Class Elmei J. Virnich, Pvt. Jewell R. Compton, and Pvt. Willmer C. Brewei. Home addresses of the Bounded were not available here.