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Marine from Camp Pendleton dies of combat wounds sustained in Afghanistan

December 8, 2010 |  3:15 pm

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has died of wounds sustained during combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Sgt. Jason Peto, 31, of Vancouver, Wash., died at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Medical Center of wounds sustained Nov. 24 in Helmand province.

Peto, a rifleman, was part of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton. He was on his third combat deployment.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment is battling the Taliban for control of the Sangin region of Helmand province.

Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, in a news conference Wednesday at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, called Sangin "the last Taliban stronghold" in the province and predicted a Marine victory.

"We will be successful," he said.

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