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Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. was killed July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reports Williams died of injuries he sustained from when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Also killed in the blast was Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Williams and Prange were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat ...

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US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

In announcing Hamilton's death, the Department of Defense did not give any information as to the nature of his illness.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hamilton's deployment to Afghanistan lasted from July 2013 to March 2014.

Hamilton was from Kenosha ...

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Female MCAS Miramar Marine Named To 2015 Blue Angels Team

Women are breaking new ground — in the air — making history on the newly chosen 2015 Blue Angels team.

Blue Angels Public Affairs Officer Navy Lt. j.g. Amber Lynn Daniel, 33, of Ramona, Calif., told the Baltimore Sun that for the first time in the team's storied past, two female Marine Corps officers have been selected to be members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron at the ...

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Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals.

For the program's judgement week, Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song "Bless the Broken Road." I've posted video of his performance up top.

As Home Post previously reported, Ieti recently completed a nine-month deployment to ...

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No California National Guard Troops Headed To Border With Mexico

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be making headlines for sending National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, but California won't be following suit.

California National Guard spokesman Capt. Will Martin explained to The Associated Press:

“The border shared by Texas and Mexico presents a significantly different set of considerations than those presented by the border shared by California and Mexico.”

More than 50,000 immigrant children ...

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UPDATE: Detectives 'Looking For A Crime Scene' In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

Detectives with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division are "looking for a crime scene" in the disappearance of pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin, according to a department press release.

Several media outlets have obtained a probable-cause affidavit filed by Detective Cory Emon that indicates Corwin was involved in a romantic relationship with a married Marine veteran named Christopher Lee, whom she met at White Rock Horse Rescue.

According ...

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Military Commissaries Get Temporary Reprieve From Budget Ax

The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to restore $200 million in cuts to the taxpayer subsidies that help fund military commissaries, according to CNN Money.

Back in February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced taxpayer subsidies to stateside commissaries would be slashed by $200 million a year for the next five years, as Home Post previously reported.

The proposed cut in subsidies would have reduced the discount service members get at ...

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Marine Veteran First Paraplegic To Row From California To Hawaii (Video)

Marine veteran Angela Madsen, 54, became the first paraplegic to successfully row the epic 2,500 mile journey from California to Hawaii.

Madsen and her rowing partner, New Zealander Tara Remington, departed Long Beach on May 20 and arrived in Honolulu on July 19.

Madsen told Hawaii News Now after arriving at her destination:

"Basically that people shouldn't set limits on themselves and they should just challenge themselves and ...

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NCIS Involved In Erin Corwin Case; Search Warrants Info Revealed (Video)

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has confirmed its investigators are involved in the search for Erin Corwin.

The pregnant 20-year-old was last seen three weeks ago at her home on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

Spokesman Ed Buice told The Desert Sun that NCIS is helping the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department with their probe into Corwin's disappearance:

"We're assisting them as far ...

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James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Garner, an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, died July 19 in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

Parade.com reports Garner's military career began when he was just ...

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Chelsea Manning To Start Treatment For Gender Dysphoria In Army Prison

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison, according to The Associated Press.

The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian correctional facility for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.

Two senior U.S. defense officials told NBC News:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel approved the ...

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Accused Killer Of Navy Broadcaster Gets Preliminary Hearing

An Article 32 hearing is being held Friday in the case of the strangulation death of Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, a broadcaster with American Forces Network-Europe.

Article 32 is the military version of a civilian preliminary hearing. Stars and Stripes reports the officer in charge of the Article 32 will decide if there is enough evidence against Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, who has been ...

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Erin Corwin Case Update: 'Witness' Comes Forward, Search Warrants Executed (Video)

A Twentynine Palms resident has come forward to say he saw missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on the day she disappeared.

Michael Beasley has told several media outlets he witnessed Corwin willingly get into a red car with an unidentified man, leaving her blue Toyota Corolla behind:

“They were just sitting and chatting. If she wanted to get out of the car and say, ‘I don't want to ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine And 'Lion Of Fallujah' Died Working For CIA

Details were scarce when Camp Pendleton Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, known as the "Lion of Fallujah" for his bravery, was killed in Iraq in 2007. But a new report from the Washington Post clears up the mystery - Zembiec was working for the CIA when he died:

Family members and former intelligence officials say Zembiec was working with a small team of Iraqis on a “snatch and grab” operation targeting insurgents ...

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Marine Veteran And Mixed Martial Arts Pro Enters Beauty Pageant (Video)

Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.

DeSantis told the Military Times she decided to participate in the competition as a way of continuing her service to the country:

“Ever since I ...

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Lawsuit Over Fallen Marine's Missing Heart Gets Tossed

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the parents of fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup against the Greek government and a hospital in Athens for misplacing their son's heart after autopsying his body, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece.

As Home Post reported in late 2013, LaLoup shot ...

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Former POW Bowe Bergdahl Won't See Or Speak To Parents (Video)

Former POW and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not see or speak to his parents, despite their unwavering support during his five years in captivity, according to the Wall Street Journal.

An unnamed Army official told the Journal:

The decision by Sgt. Bergdahl... suggests a deeper estrangement between the soldier and his parents than the military understood when he was released. Still, officials said, they don’t know the precise ...

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Navy To Expand Ball Cap Wear Policy (Video)

Starting Sept. 1, commanding officers in the Navy will have the discretion to authorize when their sailors wear ball caps.

The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced the impending change to policy last week.

Apparently, many sailors were vocal in their desire to go back to the days when they could wear ball caps more frequently, according to Stars and Stripes...

Command ball caps used to be a mainstay with ...

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Former Chargers Drew Brees, Darren Sproles To Play With Miramar Marines

Former Chargers Drew Brees and Darren Sproles, along with other National Football stars, are headed to MCAS Miramar on Tuesday.

Drew Brees was the Chargers' quarterback from 2001 until 2005.

Darren Spoles played running back for the Chargers from 2005-2010.

The Marines, sailors, and families of Miramar can practice pass-and-throw drills with the NFL pros. Less sporty types can still get their photo taken with the players, and get some ...

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'Cujo' The Robotic Mule Helps Marines Take A Load Off (Video)

A robotic mule - affectionately named "Cujo" by the Marines in charge of testing it - is getting its first try at helping troops carry heavy loads as part of RIMPAC 2014 in Hawaii, according to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific news.

Boston Dynamics spent five years and $2 million developing the "Legged Squad Support System," also called LS3. The Boston Dynamics website gives the lowdown on the LS3:

Each LS3 ...

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US Sends Draft Notices To 14,000 Men Born In The 19th Century

Dead men may tell no tales, but they apparently do get draft notices from the United States Selective Service System.

The agency accidentally sent out draft notices to 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, according to The Associated Press.

World War I veteran Bert Huey was once of the recipients. He died in 1995 at age 100. His grandson, 73-year-old Chuck Huey, told The A.P. he ...

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Mother-In-Law Of Missing Pregnant Marine Wife Erin Corwin Speaks Out (Video)

The mother-in-law of missing pregnant teenager Erin Corwin is speaking out, telling the media that her son - Twentynine Palms Marine Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin - had nothing to do with his young wife's disappearance.

Sheila Braden told television station KESQ rampant speculation that Jonathan Corwin had something to do with why his 19-year-old wife vanished is unjustified:

"John is stoic. He internalizes a lot of emotions. It's apparent he ...

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Happy Ending For Soldier Whose Ex Sold His Dog While He Was Deployed?

Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family.

The Facebook page "Bring Baxter Home" was created after Gabbert posted this desperate plea on Craigslist, according to the Washington Post:

I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog. I just found out and I am trying to ...

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USS America Begins Two-Month Journey To Home Port San Diego This Week (Video)

The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula for its new home port in San Diego, according the Mississippi Sun Herald.

The 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, so the USS America has to take the long way. Lt. Col. George Hasseltine, the commander of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task ...

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Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Village Theater, Coronado

SOLD OUT

Actor, musician and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado.

The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.

After the screening, audience members can participate in a ...

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Defamation Trial Against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's Widow Starts Tuesday

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit Jesse Ventura filed against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Ventura claims Chris Kyle defamed him in his memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

According to a May 2013 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

In a section of his book called “Punching Out Scruff Face,” Kyle describes a confrontation with ...

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Mystery Deepens In Disappearance Of Pregnant Marine Wife (Video)

It's been more than a week since anyone saw 19-year-old Erin Corwin alive. Pregnant and married to a Twentynine Palms Marine, Corwin went missing June 28 while scouting for photography locations at Joshua Tree National Park.

According to UPI, Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin reported his wife missing one day after she disappeared.

Because of the "suspicious circumstances" surrounding Corwin's disappearance, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman ...

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Independence Day Freebies For Military And Veterans

Eateries across the country are saying "thank you" to members of the military and veterans this Independence Day by offering them freebies and discounts.

Activity duty, reservists, and veterans will receive a complimentary meal of their choice at Iron Skillet, Country Pride, and any full-service, home-style restaurant within TravelCenters of America. All that's needed is proof of military service.

Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters, added that ...

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Camp Pendleton 4th Of July Beach Bash A Family Affair

The Camp Pendleton "4th of July Beach Bash" is in full swing, offering plenty to eat, drink, and do until 11 p.m. tonight, with a fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m.

The scene of the bash is the Del Mar Beach Resort on base. Marines, sailors, Department of Defense identification card holders, and their families are all welcome.

For the kids, family-focused activities include:

-Bounce Houses

-Inflatable ...

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Combat Veteran's Fourth Of July Request For Fireworks Courtesy Goes Viral

Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes suffers from PTSD and found the firecrackers and other pyrotechnics used by his neighbors last year on the Fourth of July left him feeling like he was back in combat.

Earlier this week, Dykes posted a request on Facebook for "fireworks courtesy" from his neighbors. His Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared more than 280,000 times.

Dykes told MilitaryWithPTSD.com why he ...

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Wounded Warriors Wanted For New Navy Study In San Diego (Video)

San Diego's Naval Health Research Center is looking for Wounded Warriors to take part in its six-year study on the quality of life for men and women who've been injured in the post 9/11 wars.

The Associated Press reports roughly 1,500 people have agreed to participate, but the Navy hopes to have 10,000 for the study.

U.S. military personnel interested in the Wounded Warrior ...

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Report: Military Hospitals More Dangerous For Childbirth Than Civilian Hospitals

Babies born at military hospitals are twice as likely to suffer injury during delivery as infants born in civilian hospitals, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

More than 50,000 babies are born in military hospitals each year.

In addition, mothers delivering babies at military hospitals were in greater danger than those in civilian medical facilities:

In 40 percent of the military hospitals, mothers were significantly more ...

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How Many US Service Members Are Now In Iraq? (Video)

The Pentagon made an attempt Tuesday to clear up confusion on exactly how many U.S. troops are currently in Iraq.

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters there are 770 U.S. service members in Iraq, working on two distinct, different missions:

Some are providing security assistance, and the rest are serving with assessment and advisory teams at the joint operations center in Baghdad.

OK, so ...

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World Cup Fever: Soldiers In Afghanistan Give Team USA Shout Out (Video)

As the U.S. soccer team faces off against Belgium in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, soldiers at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan are showing their support for their fellow countrymen.

Capt. Chance Mace, Capt. David Light, 1st Lt. Gil Morales, Sgt. 1st Class Briceida Urrutia, and Pfc. Mikhail Curley with the 647th Regional Support Group gave a special shout out from the other side of the globe.

There ...

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Air Force Sgt. Charged With Stealing Credit Card Info From Service Members

Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 42, was charged Monday with wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft - after allegedly stealing credit card information from fellow service members in the San Diego area.

According to NBCSanDiego.com, the indictment against Underwood claims he used his military identification to use on-base gyms, then pilfered credit card info he found in service members' belongings that were unattended during workouts ...

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Semper Fi Fund Bikes For Camp Pendleton Marines Destroyed In Fire

A small mom-and-pop business that made bicycles for the Semper Fi Fund was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, along with 20 bicycles built for Camp Pendleton Marines.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles in West Hills was completely gutted by the blaze, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.

Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles had been in business more than 37 years and was a fixture in ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Learn Firefighting Skills Ahead Of Wildfire Season (Video)

The May wildfires aboard Camp Pendleton were a stark reminder that a blaze can break out anytime, anywhere when weather conditions are dry, hot, and windy. That's why Camp Pendleton officials are currently training active-duty Marines on the ins and outs of battling wildfires.

Firefighters from CAL FIRE and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department held a Woodland Firefighting Course for Marines with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine ...

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Actress Amy Adams Gives First-Class Seat To Soldier (Video)

ESPN personality Jemele Hill watched Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams give her up first-class seat to a soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Although Adams' gesture was done quietly, Hill Tweeted about her generosity, and now Adams is making headlines for being a "class act."

Hill emailed Today.com while still aboard the flight to give notice about what she witnessed:

"When we were waiting to board ...

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Twentynine Palms Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, was killed Wednesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

Spitzer was a native of New Braunfels, Texas. The Desert Sun reports he joined the Marines on Aug. 17, 2009.

He was on his second deployment in ...

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Study: Brain Injury In Veterans Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

Older veterans who suffered traumatic brain injury earlier in their military careers have a 60 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study, published in the medical journal Neurology.

Researchers from U.C. San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center examined the medical records of almost 200,000 veterans who were aged 55 or older, according to ...

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Flags Lowered Over State Capitol In Honor Of California National Guardsman

Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the flags at California's capitol be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Raul Escobedo, 41, a member of the California Army National Guard.

A statement released by the governor's office reads, in part:

[Escobedo] bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation.

The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at ...

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NATO Service Member Killed In Afghanistan

NATO today announced the death of an International Security Assistance Force service member in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The United States-led international coalition reports the troop died "as a result of an enemy forces attack."

As per standard procedure, the NATO casualty report states:

It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

The Associated Press reports the service member who died Wednesday in Afghanistan ...

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Elderly Veteran Dies Near Wife's Grave At Arlington National Cemetery

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert E. Terrill, 92, was found dead at Arlington National Cemetery — apparently by his own hand — in Section 64, the same area where his late wife is buried.

Authorities at Arlington say there has never been a suicide by gunshot in the cemetery's 150-year history. Chris Grey of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command said of the fatality:

"Although we have not completely ...

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USS Peleliu Honors Deceased Veterans With Burials At Sea

The USS Peleliu begins its participation in RIMPAC later this week. But before the ship arrives in Hawaii for the multinational naval exercises, the Peleliu crew conducted burials at sea to honor 22 deceased veterans and military family members.

According to USS Peleliu Public Affairs, you're eligible for burial at sea honors if you're active-duty or retired military, or the family member of someone who's serving. And ...

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Navy Special Warfare Sailor Dies In Skydiving Training Accident

A sailor assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Command was killed in a skydiving accident on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

The sailor, who has not yet been identified, died in El Centro from injuries he suffered during parachute training in the Southern California desert.

Naval Special Warfare Group One, based at Coronado, announced the death.

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Chief Brandon Raile told CNN an investigation ...

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Throws Padres Pitch, Visits Camp Pendleton (Video)

Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor last week, is in town. Among his stops - throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's San Diego Padres game, and meeting with fellow Marines at Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar.

On Sunday, Carpenter stopped by Petco Park. Carpenter Tweeted:

"Bringing the heat ... Threw the first pitch at today's @padres game!"

U-T San Diego described ...

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Pentagon ID's 3 US Marines Killed In Afghanistan Bombing (Video)

The Defense Department has identified the three U.S. Marines killed on June 20 (along with a military working dog) by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Killed were:

-Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va.

-Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.

-Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

All three Marines were assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine ...

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