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More Camp Pendleton-Based Marines Killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced the death of two more San Diego County-based Marines. Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E. C. Holley, 36, of Casselberry, Fla., died Sunday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Holly, who played high school football as a linebacker, was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton. He previously served in Iraq in 2003 and 2008. He was recently married and his wife is expecting a child.

Also, according to Freedom Remembered, a 16-year veteran Marine based at Camp Pendleton, Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder, 34, died Saturday when a makeshift bomb exploded in Helmand province. He was serving his first tour of Afghanistan after serving combat deployments in Iraq in 2004 and 2006. He also did an overseas deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditinary Unit in 2007. Fedder, who during his distinguished military career was awarded more than a 20 prestigious medals, including the Purple Heart, leaves behind a wife and two children.

A total of 22 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan in just the past five days. These 22 brought the August death toll to 55.