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Two NC Marines killed in Afghanistan

Posted May 16, 2011 5:12 p.m. EDT

— Two North Carolina-based Marines were killed Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, 43, of Modesto, Calif., was assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Cherry Point.