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Bin Laden reaction: My son is 'still gone,' father says

May 2, 2011 | 12:48 pm

Kevin Cueto Phillip Cueto, whose son, Marine Cpl. Kevin Cueto, was killed while on foot patrol last summer in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, said the death of Bin Laden "doesn't change a whole lot for me."

"He's still gone," he said of his son. "It's still hard for me to wrap my hands around that and what's going on in the world today."

Still, Cueto, of San Jose, expressed some bittersweet gratitude at the "long overdue" accomplishment.

"I'm happy that he's been taken out," the 55-year-old facilities supervisor for General Dynamics in Santa Clara said of Bin Laden. "I'm happy to hear that the president thanked those that have been lost. But he's still gone."

Photos: Osama bin Laden dead

Kevin Cueto had dreamed of a military career since childhood and enlisted despite his father's fears for his safety. But he was fiercely proud of being a Marine and was dedicated to the mission, even at times when its clarity seemed to fog. Despite their loss, his friends and family have said, Kevin Cueto's comfort in his chosen role gave them some solace.

"He would have been proud of the fact that members of the Armed Forces were able to do this," his father said Monday. "If he had the opportunity, he would have gladly gone along with them."

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Photo: Kevin A. Cueto was killed while on foot patrol last summer in Afghanistan.

Click to learn more about the more than 600 Californians who have died in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Readers are invited to share memories about Marine Cpl. Kevin Cueto on the California's War Dead database, which chronicles the lives of more than 600 Californians who have died while supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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