Three more Marines with Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment have been killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.
Just a few days earlier, two other members of the 3/5, Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm of Flagstaff, Ariz and Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson of Arvada, Colo. were killed when someone started shooting at them as they provided security at an outpost in Helmand Province.
Witnesses say a member of the Afghan National Army (ANA) pulled the trigger in Thursday's attack, NATO and Afghan Security Forces are investigating.
The loss of Lance Cpl. Braggs, Lance Cpl. Broehm and Lance Cpl. Pearson is the latest blow for members of the 3/5. The unit has suffered heavy casualties since arriving in the volatile Sangin District late this fall. Thirteen members of the 3/5 have been killed since October 8th.
The list of casualties includes:
25 year old squad leader Sgt Ian Tawney of Dallas, OR, killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off.
IED blasts also killed Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk, 24, of Oceanside, CA, Lance Cpl. Joseph Rodewald, 21, Albany, OR , Pfc. Victor Dew, 20, Granite Bay, CA , Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, Saint Charles, MO, and Cpl. Justin Cain, a 22-year-old machine gunner from Wisconsin.
Lance Cpl. Irvin Ceniceros, 21, of Clarksville, AK, Lance Cpl. Joseph Lopez, 26, from Rosamond, CA, Lance Cpl. Alec Catherwood, 19, of Byron, IL, and Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, 23, of Chicago, IL, were also killed.
Another Camp Pendleton unit is also mourning the loss of one of it's members, 26-year-old Staff Sergeant Jordan B. Emrick, an explosives technician assigned to 1st Marine Logistics group's 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal company was killed on Friday. Emrick was working with the 7th Engineering Support Battalion. This was his second combat deployment. He served a tour in Iraq in 2008.