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Another Marine from Camp Pendleton is killed in Afghanistan; he's the fourth this week


Another Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Sgt. John Rankel, 23, of Speedway, Ind., was killed Monday by enemy gunfire in Helmand province, according to family members quoted in the Indianapolis Star. Three Marines from Camp Pendleton were killed Sunday.

The Rankel family issued a statement saying that they "truly appreciate the prayers, care,  concern and love their friends and others in the community have shown them since learning of John's death."

Rankel had served two tours in Iraq, and after reenlisting was deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd battalion, 1st Marine regiment. When not deployed, he often spoke to school classes, according to his family.

Rankel's body is set to return to the U.S. on Wednesday, according to the website of the Dover (Del.) Air Force Base mortuary.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Sgt. John Rankel. Credit: Indianapolis Star

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R.I.P. We appreciate deeply your sacrifice!

May God be with your family and guide them. YOU, young man, have already see His face! Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.

God Bless the family... from a life long Peacenik who appreciates the warriors of our society and pays my taxes to outfit them and provide for their families. Semper Fi

Rest In Peace Johnny,,,you were the most wonderful young man, brother, son, nephew, student, athlete,marine. Your choice to join the marines was respected by all. Semper Fi

My prayers & condolences to this brave hero's family.

Goodbye, brother Marine.

Fair winds and following seas...

My thoughts and prayers to this heros family.

John Rankel was a hard charger I was in his platoon right before he decided to cross over to 3rd BN 1st Marines and it was strictly voluntary. Our platoon commander was very upset bevause he didn't want to lose him because he was an asset to our platoon. He volunteered to go into 3/1 just so he could go straight to Afghanistan and you really gotta admire that. I will always remember him as that hard charger who really pushed the platoon to it's limits in order to make us all stronger.... Semper Fidelis

RIP brother, semper fi.

God Bless you John and your family. Thank you for your friendship with my son and sharing good times with him. You will forever be remembered in our family and Matt will continue to fight for you and your honor!! Semper Fi!!

RIP brother


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