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Camp Pendleton Marine died in Afghanistan while carrying wounded Marine

July 5, 2010 |  8:33 am


The body of Cpl. Larry Harris Jr., 24, a Camp Pendleton Marine killed in Afghanistan, has been returned to the U.S. and to his family in Colorado.

And the details of Harris' heroism are beginning to emerge.

Harris, a mortar man, was killed July 1 while on combat patrol in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold. His patrol was ambushed and Lance Cpl. Jake Henry was wounded.

Harris was carrying Henry to safety outside the "kill zone." Brian Henry, the lance corporal's father, wrote on a Facebook page for family members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment:

"He was carrying my son when he tripped an explosive device. His life was lost but my son lives. [Our] prayers and love go out to the family of this hero who will never be forgotten by my family."

Harris took the brunt of the blast. He died instantly.

Harris played football in high school in Boulder, Colo., and was a member of a hip-hop band. He had served in Iraq and Afghanistan before this most recent tour. He was married this spring.

"He wasn't [just] my friend, he was my brother," a friend told a Denver television station.

Harris was the 10th Marine from the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to be killed in Afghanistan in the last two months.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The body of Marine Cpl. Larry Harris arrives at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Credit: Associated Press