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Camp Pendleton-based Marine is killed in Afghanistan

September 9, 2009 |  6:34 pm

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

Capt. Joshua Meadows, 30, of Bastrop, Texas, died Saturday in Farah province, on the Iranian border.

He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton.

Meadows earned Eagle Scout honors in high school, graduated from Texas Tech University with a business degree and became a Marine helicopter pilot, according to the Elgin (Texas) Courier.

During an earlier deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton, he was part of an anti-piracy mission in the Persian Gulf region.

Meadows' wife is expecting the couple's first child.

--Tony Perry in San Diego