Marine killed in Afghanistan is eighth person from Camp Pendleton battalion to die in combat this week
Another Marine from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan, the eighth Marine from the battalion to die in combat this week.
Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk, 24, of Oceanside was killed Friday by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.
A rifleman, Boelk enlisted in March 2009. He was on his first combat deployment.
The Three-Five is part of the 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Readers are invited to share memories about James Boelk on the California's War Dead database, which chronicles the lives of more than 600 Californians who have died while supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.