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Sailor from Camp Pendleton is killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. Navy corpsman from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton Beauchamp, 21, of Weatherford, Texas, was killed Tuesday in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.  His unit was attacked by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol.

Beauchamp was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), based from Camp Pendleton. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His brother, Tim Kisor, told the CBS-TV station in Dallas-Fort Worth that the family had spoken to Beauchamp on Saturday.

"We put him on speaker phone, and me and my grandmother and mom and everybody talked to him," Kisor told the TV station. "We all told him we loved him."

Beauchamp had planned to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend once he returned from Afghanistan, his brother said.

An older brother, also serving in the Navy in Afghanistan, is accompanying the body home.

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