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Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E. C. Holley killed in bomb blast in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO - A Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in a weekend bomb blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan, was lauded for his bravery today by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E. C. Holley, 36, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a bomb blast.

''Maria and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Floyd Holley,'' Schwarzenegger stated. ''He was a brave Marine who died honorably, defending our freedoms. We are grateful for his service, and we will never forget his courage.''

Holley, from Casselberry, Fla., was married, and his wife is expecting his first child, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

He was one of two members of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

The other, Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder, a 16-year-veteran from Pine City, Minn., was killed Saturday when a makeshift bomb explode

The Marine Corps Times reported that both had been to Iraq twice before being deployed to Afghanistan.

Schwarzenegger said Fedder ''embodied our nation's highest ideals and we are greatly indebted to him for his service and sacrifice.''


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