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Springfield Marine killed in Afghanistan

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - The Department of Defense says two Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based marines, from Ohio and New Jersey, have died in Afghanistan.

The government said Monday that 41-year-old Lt. Col. Mario Carazo of Springfield, Ohio, and 37-year-old Maj. James Weis of Toms River, N.J., died Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Both men were decorated pilots who also served in Iraq.

Weis joined the corps in 1994. Carazo entered the marines in 1987. Among his awards is the Bronze Star.

The government did not release further details of the deaths. The military on Thursday reported that two service members died that day in a helicopter crash in Helmand province.

Carazo and Weis were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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