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Pentagon announces death of hospital corpsman William Ortega

SAN DIEGO - The Pentagon today announced the death in Afghanistan of a hospital corpsman from Florida, who had been assigned to Camp Pendleton.

Seaman William Ortega, 23, of Miami, Fla., died Friday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. He was taking part in combat operations against enemy forces, Defense Department officials said.

Ortega was assigned as a hospital corpsman to the Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.


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