2 September 1960

In one terrible accident on Friday 2 September 1960 at Grafenwöhr, Germany a howitzer from Battery A, 3d Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, an element of the V Corps Artillery, fired a 200 pound, 8 inch projectile with an incorrect charge.  This round landed outside of the impact area in Camp Kaserne where the 3d Reconnaissance Squadron, 12th Cavalry of the 3d Armored Division was bivouacked.  When the round impacted 16 soldiers were killed and a further 26 were wounded.  The table below list the names and units of those killed and wounded.

KILLED

NAME

UNIT

Mappin, Jack W. Jr.  MSG A/3-12 Cavalry
Rodgers, Edward V. SFC C/3-12 Cavalry
Cochran, Charles SGT D/3-12 Cavalry
Eastham, Jack L. SP5 D/3-12 Cavalry
Beckworth, James B. SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Johnson, Earl SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Merrill, William A. SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Barofaldi, Robert E. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Harris, Norman D. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Higman, Michael J. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Love, David L. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Lucas, Elmo M. Jr. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Nelson, Charles L. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Parker, J. C. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Pleshakov, George PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Saurino, Augustine PFC D/3-12 Cavalry

    

WOUNDED

Sergeant, Charles W. SFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Crum, Melvin R. SFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Gaynard, Grant SFC C/3-12 Cavalry
Coomer, Robert R. SFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Egland, Clarence C. SFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Mollett, John B. SFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Tilley, James V. SGT D/3-12 Cavalry
Oldziejewski, Alesky SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Riechter, Charles SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Howard, Robert H. SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Pinkley, Norman G. SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Wilson, Robert L. SP4 D/3-12 Cavalry
Bibler, Douglas A. PFC A/3-12 Cavalry
Carr, Richard L. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Eichenlaub, George H. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Richards, Lawrence PFC C/3-12 Cavalry
Romweber, George P. "Peter" PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Szuravkin, George PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Carey, Jesse L. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Church, David J. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Fisher, Charles D. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Patton, Thomas F. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Robbins, Keith C. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Siner, Bobby PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
Vaughn, Franklin W. PFC D/3-12 Cavalry
 

Source: The Association of 3rd Armored Division Veterans web site

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