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Marine from Camp Pendleton is killed in Afghanistan

January 21, 2011 |  3:57 pm

A Marine from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment was killed in combat Thursday in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Marine Corps officials identified him as Sgt. Jason Amores, 29, of Lehigh Acres, Fla. A squad leader, Amores was on his fourth combat deployment including service in Iraq. Among his medals was the Combat Action Ribbon for having been under enemy fire and returned fire.

The 3rd Battalion 5th Regiment has been deployed to the Sangin district of Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.

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