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Two Marine helicopter pilots from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

July 26, 2010 |  1:13 pm


Two Marine pilots from Camp Pendleton have been killed in the crash of their Cobra attack helicopter in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41, of Springfield, Ohio, and Maj. James M. Weis, 37, of Toms River, N.J., were killed Thursday while on a combat mission in Helmand province. The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.

Carazo and Weis were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego; Cobra squadrons are based at Camp Pendleton.

Carazo had served two tours in Iraq, Weis had served one tour there.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Cobra helicopters. Credit: Department of Defense