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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

December 20, 2010 |  1:19 pm

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Cpl. Eric Torbert Jr., 25, of Lancaster, Pa., was killed Saturday during combat in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold, the Pentagon said. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton.

Torbert enlisted in September 2007. This was his first combat deployment.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego