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Twentynine Palms Marine Killed In Afghanistan

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Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer

Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, was killed Wednesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

Spitzer was a native of New Braunfels, Texas. The Desert Sun reports he joined the Marines on Aug. 17, 2009.

He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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