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2 more Marines from Camp Pendleton battalion killed

October 15, 2010 |  3:55 pm

Two more Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment have been reported killed in combat in Afghanistan, bringing the total to seven in two days.

Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, 26, of Rosamond, in the Antelope Valley, and Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood, 19, of Byron, Ill., were killed Thursday in southern Helmand province, the Pentagon announced Friday.

On Thursday, the Pentagon reported that four Marines from the same battalion also were killed in Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. Earlier Friday, the Pentagon announced the death of a fifth Marine in the same region. Lopez and Catherwood are the sixth and seventh casualties.

The seven deaths were from three separate attacks, officials said.

Lopez, a rifleman, enlisted in March 2009. Catherwood, also a rifleman, enlisted in June 2009. Each was on his first overseas deployment.

Lopez is the second serviceman killed in Afghanistan this month from Rosamond, a town of 15,000 in Kern County. Army Sgt. Brian J. Pedro, 27, was reported killed Oct. 2 northwest of Kabul.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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