Camp Robinson, AR Surface Mine Explosion, Mar 1944


Camp Robinson, Ark., March 14 -- (AP) -- An accidental explosion during a surface mine demonstration took the lives of 12 Army enlisted men here yesterday, public relations announced, and sent 14 others to the base hospital.
Ten soldiers died instantly, two others several hours later. Four of the injured were said to be in a critical condition.
The soldiers, members of the 652nd tank destroyer battalion, were engaged in practice installation and removal of anti-personnel, anti-tank and booby-trap mines, the public relations office said.
Cause of the explosion was not determined.
The blast occurred at 3:30 p.m., two hours after the soldiers had commenced the demonstration.
The dead included:
Sgt. CHARLES GOBER, Steubenville, Ohio.
Cpl. STANLEY F. GORNEY, Akron, Ohio.
T/5 CLIFFORD REYNOLDS, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Pvt. GEORGE ZAPACH, JR., Cleveland, Ohio.
Pfc. EARL R. MILDNER, Steubenville, Ohio.
Pfc. ROBERT A. APPELMAN, Crocker, Ind.
Sgt. JACK K. WAREHAM, Denver, Ind.
Corp. PEARL W. ALLEN, JR., Winslow, Ind.
Corp. LAWRENCE E. BACHMAN, Monon, Ind.
Pvt. ORGAL L. COLLARD, Newland, Ind.
T/5 RUSSELL E. VOLK, Gary, Ind.
Partial list of injured:
Sgt. ARNOLD R. McDOWELL, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Cpl. VICTOR V. MOROVIC, Steubenville, Ohio.
T/5 WILLIAM E. PTAK, Cleveland, Ohio.
Pvt. JOHN C. MARTIN, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
Pvt. RAYMOND H. FAULUS, Cleveland, Ohio.
Details concerning their injuries were not announced.

Marion Star Ohio 1944-03-14