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

June 8, 2010 |  3:44 pm


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