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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

The remains of Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman arrive at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman, 23, of Covington, Ind., was killed Wednesday in Helmand province.

"The incident is under investigation," the Marine Corps said. No further details were released.

Witsman was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from Camp Pendleton.

Witsman was married, with two stepchildren, according to the Danville (Ind.) Commercial-News. The town plans to line the route from the regional airport to Covington with 2,000 flags when Witsman's body is returned.

"The reality of war hits home when a young man with such a bright future is taken away," radio station owner Larry Weatherford told the newspaper.

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Photo: The remains of Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman arrive at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Credit: U.S. Air Force

 
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