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Camp Pendleton unveils tribute to Afghanistan dead

U.S. Marines stand at attention before a service held in honor of Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan January 17, 2012 in Camp Pendleton, California. A memorial for 5th Marine Regiment members, like Hogan, who were killed in Afghanistan, was unveiled Thursday.
U.S. Marines stand at attention before a service held in honor of Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan January 17, 2012 in Camp Pendleton, California. A memorial for 5th Marine Regiment members, like Hogan, who were killed in Afghanistan, was unveiled Thursday.
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A memorial honoring 89 Marines and Navy medical corspmen killed in Afghanistan has been unveiled in Southern California.

Friends, family and comrades were on hand Thursday at the Camp Pendleton Marine base for the dedication of a granite slab. It bears the names of 5th Marine Regiment members killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/13JKg4m ) says Gen. John Kelly spoke at the ceremony, telling families he regretted their loss from the bottom of a broken heart. His son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan three years ago.

Kelly said the fallen join what he called an "unbroken list of heroes" from other wars.

The memorial cost more than $50,000 and was funded by donations from local residents, veterans and regimental supporters.