Camp Pendleton Marine from Sylmar killed in Afghanistan
A Marine corporal from Camp Pendleton has been killed by a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
Julio Vargas, 23, from the San Fernando Valley community of Sylmar, was killed Tuesday in Helmand province while serving with the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He was a vehicle gunner.
Vargas was on his first combat deployment. He joined the Marine Corps in February 2008.
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