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Lejeune Marines, Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted April 25, 2011

— Two Marines based at Camp Lejeune and a Fort Bragg soldier were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Marine Sgt. Sean T. Callahan, 23, of Warrenton, Va., and Lance Cpl. Dominic J. Ciaramitaro, 19, of South Lyon, Mich., died in combat in Helmand province.

They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin F. Bitner, 37, of Greencastle, Pa., died in Kandahar province when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.


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  • sillywabbitthepatriot Apr 26, 2011

    The media denigrates war only when it benefits their political viewpoints.

    RIP heroes. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You shall not be forgotten.

  • Stand-In-The-Door Apr 26, 2011

    Wonder how many Americans take for granted what our Airmen, Solders, Marines, Sailors and Coast Guard members do for us?
    I served in Vietnam and have to live with what I saw everyday.
    My heart and prayers go out to all service members. Tiffany, I know how you feel. Stay strong

  • thehardway Apr 26, 2011

    God Bless them, bring them home to protect our borders!

  • Tiffany2007 Apr 25, 2011

    So sad, one soldier is just a kid. Did a tour in Saudi / Iraq. Never in my life cried so much and was scared so much. I feel for the Marines and the ones that come back with no hope, no counseling and feel that suicide is the only way to relieve the pain. I have no desire to talk about what I saw or what happened; just pray for all over there.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 25, 2011

    Amen to what you said. It looks like our media is doing what the goverment wants, sweeping it under the rug.

  • Poleaux Apr 25, 2011

    It seems like every day I see a news headline reporting a soldier’s death. Yet the national media seems to ignore this. When was the last time a body count was reported regularly?

    God bless our soldiers and their families. And God save America.