Camp Pendleton honors the fallen

76 Marines, sailors and coalition forces honored

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - One by one, the bell tolled and names were read 76 times as Marines, sailors and coalition troops killed in Afghanistan were remembered in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday.

Camp Pendleton Marines deployed in March 2012 to Helmand Provence in southern Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment.  

"We never had a chance for a unit-wide ceremony while we were there because there was just one casualty after another, after another," said Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, the commanding officer.  

The toll included 39 Marines and sailors, as well as 33 British troops. On hand for the ceremony were several family members.  

"As family, the Marines here let us know that our sons and daughters will never be forgotten," said Jack Beauchamp of Texas, whose son Clayton, a Navy corpsman, was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Letica Gomez and her family came to pay their respects to her son, Cpl. Anthony Servin.  

"At 17, he said, 'Mom, I'm joining the Marine Corps.' It's something he felt he had to do," she said.  

The unit returned two months ago.

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