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Two from Lejeune killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 19, 2009

— Two Marines based at Camp Lejeune were killed while serving in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Lance Cpl. Leopold Damas of Floral Park on Long Island died on Aug. 17. The 26-year-old was part of Operation Enduring Freedom and was killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

Damas was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield, Ohio, died Aug. 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.


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  • Eduardo1 Aug 20, 2009

    Just more of our young "volunteers" giving there lives for some poppy fields. Yes President Obama, you promised change, now there dying in Afghanistan instead of Iraq. What happened to the body count, that the LIBERAL media who hated Bush used to give us. If the cruel Russian military could not win in that rock pile. Condolences to the family and friends of these brave young men, RIP

  • NCStatePack Aug 20, 2009

    God bless America and those who give their lives to protect her. Prayers for the families and friends.

  • JeninNC Aug 20, 2009

    I am a marine wife here in camp lejeune. My heart goes out to those families and their fellow marines. I know we want our military home, but they are keeping the fight overseas. My husband is set to deploy next year for his third tour in the operation enduring freedom. I do not want him to go however I am proud to call him my husband and feel safe because he is over there protecting us. God Bless America and our troops and their families.

  • Professor Aug 19, 2009

    I will be so glad when this war is over and our men and women is back in the United States. Too many lives are being lost. My condolences to the families.