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Military investigating three Marine deaths in Afghanistan

Posted August 3, 2011 6:26 p.m. EDT
Updated August 3, 2011 7:07 p.m. EDT

— Three Camp Lejeune Marines died and one Marine and one soldier were injured Sunday in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, the military announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin, 29, of Moscow, Pa., Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler, 26, of Brecksville, Ohio, and Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle, 29, of Dallastown, Pa., died in the incident, which occurred while the Marines were supporting combat operations in Herat Province, officials said.

All three were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

The names of the two people injured haven't been released.

The incident remains under investigation, and the military declined to provide other details.