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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan; 21st from same battalion

December 18, 2010 | 11:09 am

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

Jose Maldonado, 21, of Mathis, Texas, was killed Friday in Helmand province. He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. A riflleman, he was on his first deployment.

Maldonado is the 21st Marine from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 8. The battalion has been assigned to wrest control of the Sangin area from Taliban fighters.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego