Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan releases statement - KMOV.com

Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan releases statement

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Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge of Saint Charles, Missouri By Afton Spriggs Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge of Saint Charles, Missouri By Afton Spriggs
Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge of Saint Charles, Missouri By Afton Spriggs Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge of Saint Charles, Missouri By Afton Spriggs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP/KMOV) -- The Department of Defense has announced the deaths of four Camp Pendleton-based Marines who died in combat this week in Afghanistan.

 The department says the four were killed Wednesday in Helmand Province. They have been identified as 22-year-old Cpl. Justin J. Cain of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 20-year-old Pfc. Victor A. Dew of Granite Bay, California, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald of Albany, Oregon, and 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge of Saint Charles, Missouri.

Vinnedge was a graduate of Francis Howell Central High School.  He was only in Afghanistan for 16 days before his death.

In a statement released Friday by Vinnedge's family, he was called a "fun loving and generous man" who knew since 9/11 that he wanted to join the military so he could make a difference in the world."

 All four Marines were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

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