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Lt. Col Mario Carazo, Maj. James M. Weis killed in combat

SAN DIEGO - The Pentagon released the names today of two Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed in combat last week in Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41, of Springfield, Ohio, and Maj. James M. Weis, 37, of Toms River, N.J., were killed Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Helmand Province, according to the Department of Defense.

They were members of Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Governor Schwarzenegger issued a statement today upon hearing news.

"The deaths of Lieutenant Colonel Mario Carazo and Major James Weis are tragic losses for this country. They devoted themselves to serving our nation with honor and integrity, and their selfless sacrifices will never be forgotten. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of these brave Marines.”

In honor of Lt. Col. Carazo and Maj. Weis, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


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