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IRAQ: Not to be forgotten

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Four Marines killed Friday in Al Anbar province have been identified as members of the 1st Marine Logistics Group from Camp Pendleton.

Their deaths push to at least 335 the number of Marines from Camp Pendleton killed in Iraq, according to information compiled by the Department of Defense and the independent website icasualties.org. An additional 113 Marines have been killed from the base at Twentynine Palms, which is part of the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

The four were killed by a roadside bomb explosion in Karma, once an insurgent stronghold, near Fallouja.

Killed were: Lance Cpl. Casey L. Casanova, 22, of McComb, Miss., a field radio operator; Cpl. Miguel A. Guzman, 21, of Norwalk, Calif., a mechanic; Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple (above), 21, of Carroll, Ohio, a maintenance specialist; and Sgt. Glen E. Martinez, 31, of Boulder, Colo., an engineer equipment operator.

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‘These four brave and dedicated warriors will not be forgotten,’ said Col. Juan G. Ayala, commander of the 1st Marine Logistics Group stay-behind element at Camp Pendleton.

—Tony Perry, in San Diego

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