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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed during combat operations in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Lance Cpl. Francisco R. Jackson, 24, of Elizabeth, N.J., was killed by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol Tuesday. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton.

Jackson, a field artillery cannoneer, enlisted in October 2009. This was his first combat deployment.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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Although I did not know this soldier, I bow my head in reverance to his name. He came from the town I was born in.

When are we ever going to realize that war is not the answer?


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