Marine Dies from IED Blast

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 11:01 AM PDT
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A Camp Pendleton-based Marine, on his third tour of duty, was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jose L. Saenz III, 30, of Pleasanton, Texas was killed by an IED blast in Helmand Province, according to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Saenz’ father, Jose Luis Saenz Jr., of San Antonio, Tex. said his son, who the family called “Joey” was killed when he stepped on an explosive device.

“They said they tried everything to revive him, but he died,” Saenz' mother Leonor told a San Antonio television reporter.

“He was fearless. Very ambitious. Always knew he had a calling for something, and he knew it was the military,” said the Marine’s twin sister Bennita Saenz.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton.

Saenz is the 33rd Southern California-based Marine or sailor to die in combat since January 2010.

Max W. Donahue, 23, was injured Aug. 4 in combat operations in the Southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The corporal died Aug. 7, according to military officials.

Lt. Col. Mario Carazo, 41, and Major James Weis, 37, died July 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Both men were decorated pilots who also served in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died July 11 in combat in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.

Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey, 24, who died June 26, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.

Cpl. Daane A. Deboer, 24, died June 25 in the Helmand province, killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol.
 

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