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Marine from Camp Pendleton is killed in Afghanistan

A Marine lieutenant from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday.

First Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, 27, of Picayune, Miss.,  is the 16th Marine from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment to be killed since Oct. 8 during fighting in the Sangin area of Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.

Donnelly, an infantry officer, was killed Thursday during a foot patrol. He received his commission in June 2008; this was his first combat deployment.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment is part of the 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton. The battalion has had to rush replacements to Sangin to take the place of Marines killed or wounded in action.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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God bless 1st Lt Donnelly. God bless the Donnelly family.


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