Entire Battalion Flattened By 7-Ton After Road Guard Fails To Post Stormtrooper October 18, 2012 Marine Corps 63 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The rhythmic echoes of running cadence are a familiar sound on any military installation, but the usual “lo-right-lay-oh” was accompanied by screams last Friday when an entire battalion was run over by a 7-Ton truck after a road guard failed to assume his post. The Marines of 9th Communications Battalion are known for their penchant to engage in “boots and utes” battalion runs every Friday morning, led by their Battalion Commander, Col. Randall “Randy” Walker. Normally, formations are preceded by a pair of “road guards” wearing reflective vests to prevent vehicles from entering the roadway as the Marines run by. However, when Walker shouted for road guards to “post” on the intersection they were about to pass through, one of the designated road guards, Private First Class Daniel Goodman, couldn’t hear him over the cadence call and remained in formation. Cpl. Nicholas Farina, a Motor Vehicle Operator with 7th Engineering Support Battalion, was towing a generator to a field exercise when he suddenly found himself bouncing over the bodies of the men and women of 9th Comm. “I was just driving along 17th Street towards the FEX [sic] when I came upon an intersection. I looked both ways and saw a large group of Marines running towards me but they didn’t post a road guard, so I assumed I was okay to drive,” said Farina in his official statement of the tragedy. “The next thing I know, blood is spraying across my windshield.” According to forensic reports, The 7-Ton collided with the squad leaders while going roughly 30mph and just kept on going. Cpl. Farina will not be facing charges for the deaths of nearly a hundred Marines, however, as PFC Goodman failed to indicate that there was a formation nearby and that it was unsafe to enter the roadway. “Posting a road guard is crucial to the survival of Marines during formation runs,” said Safety Officer Mrs. Lizette Horton, the civilian in charge of ensuring the battalion is always in compliance with Department of Defense safety protocols. “Without a road guard in the street, it is sometimes impossible for motorists to notice a formation right in front of them. Despite the fact that each individual Marine wore a reflective belt around their waist or hydration system, it is very plausible that Corporal Farina didn’t see them — which is why it is so important that a Marine in a full reflective vest stand in front of the oncoming traffic and not allow them to pass.” Currently, the three surviving Marines of 9th Communications Battalion, who were not present due to being on light duty, are engaged in a safety stand-down. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/fDKfm James Neuner says: September 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM This is nuts I was with 9th com from 04 to 08 deployed twice with them is this true Trent Neely says: July 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM The proper wear of a PT belt would have prevented any Marine from being run over. Not only do they prevent cancer, but PT belts are vehicle proof. Everyone knows this! Jacob Green says: July 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM Look it up y’all, its fake. Four were killed b a truck LAST YEAR, not hundreds this year. Colby Welker says: May 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM If you can dodge a bullet you can dodge a truck…oh wait..no u cant Justin Li says: May 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM HUR DUR IS THIS REAL HUR DUR OUTRAGED THAT DA TRUCK DID DIS HUR DUR WUT IS SATIRE HUR DUR TDB reminds me of the ridiculous things privates say and believe. Katie Kerr says: May 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM There is no way this is the real story. Edward Jahnke says: May 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM Was it because no one was wearing a reflective belt… lol Kevin Hammers says: May 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM texting and driving Kyle Bickerstaff says: May 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM BULL SHIT! How the hell do you run over an ENTIRE battalion and not know. Fuck that. Piece of shit just wasn’t paying attention. For him to just get off with no repercussion is wrong on so many levels. This disgusts me. How are you not going to hit the brakes after the first bump? Dumb fuck. Alejandro Mario Almada Leatherneck says: May 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM Well at least is wasnt Bulk Fuel Bn he ran over. John Donley says: May 6, 2014 at 5:39 AM we used road guards in the Seabees also and I always deemed it punishment so maybe he didn’t fall out on purpose….thump thump thump haha bastards bet you won’t put me on road guard again…lol RJ N Kimberly Brotherton says: May 6, 2014 at 4:24 AM Uhhh…hey boot…. It was LT COL Williamson that was the BC at 9th Comm that year. And the only gruesome facts of our ONE BN run of 2012 were the fat body fallouts and shitty cadences. Jacob Messer says: May 5, 2014 at 9:40 PM Please tell me this is satire. Jerome Bailey Jr says: May 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM They better watch it, LOL next thing you know there will be a moratorium on singing cadences for the safety of troops. Prithvi Jagannath says: May 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM We’re missing the real story here. Did Cpl Farina properly fill out his trip ticket? Paul Steven says: May 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM There is NO way there were only 3 Marines on light duty in 9th Com…..that’s your old unit right Forrester? Chris Ellzey says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Haha Clay Fisher says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Knew it. Brian Duben says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Lol Walt Miller says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM PRICELESS! Damien R Johnson says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Smdh boots uts runs Charles Woodlin says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM funny shit ha ha! Ryan Neville says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Tragic….. I assume NJP paper is being drawn up on PFC Goodman for derilection of duty right? Chris Fleisher says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Was the Safety Officer polishing off a box of Krispie Kremes during the interview? Jesse Diaz says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM Had Chuck Nortis been leading the run, the 7-ton would’ve been flattened! Donna Marshall Jacobus says: January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM This is disgusting!! I work on 17th St and can assure you NO Marines were hit by a truck or anything else. If 1 or 100 Marines had been killed it would have been all over the news. What kind of sick person writes this stuff. Jesse Diaz says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Wouldn’t it be suicide rather than homicide? The platoon failed to relay the “road guard, post!” cadence…..either that, or it was an all-white Battallion with no rythm….oops, their bad! Tommy Thomas says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Im going to call “Bravo Sierra” on this story! Just doesn’t make sense. I was a motor transport operator and there is no way you cannot see a formation. Let alone run over nearly one hundred people! What really happened to the battalion? BS cover up story. They could have come up with something better! Adam Lee Myers says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Is it just me or is it obbvious who served and who didn’t? Or am I missing something? Jeremy Moreno says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM LIGHT DUTYYYYYYYYYYYY! Tommy Thomas says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Damn what a tool I am for commenting on this story. I just put my dummy hat on and now I’ll sit in the corner and shut up! Max Carlson says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Hilarious. Julia Lyons-Ryle says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Extremely poor taste – and extremely poor satire. Learn to write good satire first before taking on such a grave topic. This gets shared in many venues where the readers don’t know it is satire, and family members of Marines at Camp Pendleton could be alarmed. Also – with the number of deaths that do occur in accidents like this, it’s tasteless and rather cruel to make fun of something like this. Good satire has a tell, this had none. Go back to looking busy, while studying some good satire. Patty Murrieta says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Well, I belong to 9th Comm. and everything in this article is a lie. NOBODY is hurt and to be honest who the F are those Marines mentioned? not even the name or rank of the person in charge are right. So, please people stop believing in these lies. If you pay attention to the picture you can see that is Photoshop all over the place. Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Yut motor t….fuckin yut. The colonel should have used his big boy voice. I blame him. Bob Wiedeke says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM All of this could have been avoided with a few well placed reflective belts. Mike Harris Sr. says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM The road guards couldn’t hear the colonel through the windshield of the HMMWV he was riding in. Nathan Trotter says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM He should get a speeding ticket for going over 15 MPH while passing (over) troops, i guess he didn’t learn anything from his valuable drivers training… Robert J Shoaf says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM As a platoon sergeant at 9th Crime, this was my biggest fear. Now it has happened and I can’t resist the urge to shake my head and say “I told you so.” Good job, 9th Comm. Ed Kenny says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM When I was with 9th Comm, one of my cadence calls was “We don’t need no modulation, we don’t need to loopback plug…..” Sounds pretyy cool when you have 50 or 60 people saying it. Matthew Gatling says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM “Posting a road guard is crucial to the survival of Marines during formation runs,”…….Funny stuff. Read more: http://duffelblog.wpengine.com/2012/10/entire-battalion-flattened-by-7-ton-after-road-guard-fails-to-post/#ixzz2UAcoDVYv. Follow us: @theduffelblog on Twitter | duffelblog on Facebook. Gary Shorts says: January 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM We all know that the second man of the first squad and the second soldier of the forth squad, while runnining or marching a four man front are the road guards, dispite being briefed or assigned a road guard vest, as some last minute things can develope, such as, ” everyone at the little theater in thirty mikes, wherver you may be, and all of a sudden you’re in charge of marching 200 fuzzies back to the company area,,, you would think they quit teaching this is BRT or something. Cpl Rapedick Von Cuntfart says: October 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM Motor T drivers aren’t known for their quick thinking. They need to see the road guards to know when to stop, otherwise they’ll just keep truckin. It’s a conditioned response that they spend most of their time in school training. Thank god for the brave ground guides, without them the Marine Corps wouldn’t even have the 2 working vehicles per unit they do have. 1 doctor says: October 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM FAKE! This is clearly a fake article, everyone knows that it is the PT belt that saves lives. This has nothing to do with road-guard ineptitude but lack of PT belts. Were they wearing only 1? Sorry but 2 PT belts is now the standard, get with it, marines! Barry says: October 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM When I was a young soldier and assigned as a Road Guard, I could only stop a 5 ton moving at 10mph with my straight arm stance. I’m not sure even a road guard today would be able to stop a 7 ton moving at 30 mph. Fred says: October 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM This is total crap! NOT TRUE AT ALL!!!! I verified with my Marines at 9th Comm. Duffel Blog, YOU ARE TERRIBLE FOR POSTING THIS!!!! Crazy Cracker says: October 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM ehh?????? huh?….what just happened? NoHopeForTheHumanRace says: October 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM I know this is reply is a repeat of so many replies on this site, so I’ll type it in all CAPS for emPHAsis… HOW ARE SOME OF YOU SO INCREDIBLY DULL THAT YOU ACTUALLY TAKE THESE ARTICLES AS FACT?! You’re probably right though… Maybe I’m the wrong one! Maybe I should take these much more seriously! Gosh, I’m really looking forward to encountering the T-700 Death Robot (http://duffelblog.wpengine.com/2012/10/department-of-defense-unveils-t-700-highly-advanced-death-robot/) on future deployments and then relaying that information using carrier pigeons (http://duffelblog.wpengine.com/2012/10/army-replaces-defective-radios-with-carrier-pigeons-smoke-signals/). Nathan says: October 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM Dumbass. Kevin Winters says: October 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM You’re right this story is total crap. I’m glad you took the time to verify it and denounce it. You seem like a squared away Marine so I’ve got this once in a lifetime deal just for you because you are so squared away. I’m sure you know that Robert Mullins the proprietor of Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA was the Marine Corps’ first recruiter, and everyone knows that recruiters are famous for their mod-Blue uniform. Well, it just so happens, I have the blood stripes off Robert Mullins mod-Blue trousers that he wore while on recruiting duty and I will sell them to you because you are so squared away for the low low low price of $1,000.00. Imagine how you will be the envy of your friends when you wear your Blues with Robert Mullins blood stripes affixed to them. . . . . . .you f’in’ motard. DOC says: October 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM Dear Fred, I apologize that you were not issued a sense of humor at Boot Camp but if you take 800 mg of Motrin 3x daily and double your water intake I am sure you will pull through. With sincerest apologies, DOC Army Wife (P) says: October 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM Memorial service soon. So sad. Prayers for all the fallouts, sick calls, and awols. Hal Fulton says: October 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM Roadguard? Roadguard? we don need no schtinking roadguard OscarThreeKilo says: October 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM Pretty soon we will be required to wear full reflective vests, pants, headgear and jock straps when doing PT. DOC says: October 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM You don’t already? Who is your 1SG? ZxuserBob says: October 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM I can tell you right now, it won’t only be that PFC that’s going to answer for this. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, is past tense. Now they will have to deal with the present and it won’t be pretty. Heads are going to roll…. Sailors Kid says: October 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM Did I miss something – the PFC probably wont be punished because the only 3 survivors were on light duty and I would assume not running. Or have the Marines figured out how to raise the dead for purposes of discipline. JSmith says: October 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM Great, we’re all gonna be rolling with four vehicle guides and glow belts on our povs. Way to ruin it for everybody, PFC. djdudley says: October 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM Some roadguards just don’t pay attention or take their job serious, what can I tell ya. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM So sad if only a road guard had posted… Patrick Hackney says: October 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM Road guard should be an actual MOS, I can’t believe that duty is taken so lightly.