Camp Pendleton Marine dies in combat in Afghanistan
A Marine form Camp Pendleton has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.
Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, 20, of Arlington Heights, Ill., was killed by small-arms fire Wednesday while on foot patrol in Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.
Stack, a rifleman, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton. He was on his first combat deployment.
Thirteen members of the battalion have been killed in Afghanistan in the last six weeks.
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