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Marine from Twentynine Palms killed in Afghanistan


A Marine from the base at Twentynine Palms has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Corral, 19, from Danville in Northern California, was killed Friday in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from the air-ground combat training base at Twentynine Palms.

Corral, a machine-gunner, was on his first combat deployment.

 "He just wanted to serve his country," family friend Christine Mahoney told the Contra Costa Times. "He wanted to make a difference."


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Photo: A Marine carry team receives the remains of Lance Cpl. Joshua Corral at Dover Air Force Base (Del.) on Sunday night. Credit: U.S. Air Force

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