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Another explosive disposal technician from Camp Pendleton dies in Afghanistan

August 30, 2010 |  4:59 pm

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E.C. Holley, 36, of Casselberry, Fla., has been killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Pentagon said Monday.

Holley was the second explosive ordnance disposal technician from Camp Pendleton whose death was announced Monday. Hours earlier, the death of  Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder, 34, of Pine City, Minn., was announced.

Both were killed by a roadside bomb. Both were assigned to the 7th Engineer Support  Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Each had served two tours in Iraq.

Roadside bombs are the leading cause of combat fatalities among U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Explosive disposal technicians are assigned to keep routes used by military and Afghan civilian vehicles clear of such bombs.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego