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Two Marines Die In Machine Gun Accident

June 6, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Two U.S. Marines based in Okinawa died today when an M-60 machine gun went off accidentally, the U.S. military reported.

The accident took place at Camp Hansen, a Marine base on the southern Japanese island, said Master Gunnery Sgt. Dale Hunter, media liaison chief for U.S. Forces Japan.

One of the Marines was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital and the other died during surgery, Evans said.

He said he did not know whether the accident occurred during a training exercise. The victims’ names were being withheld pending notification of next of kin, he said.

The Marine Corps was investigating the shootings, Hunter said.

About 55,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed in Japan, about 25,000 of them Marines.

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