New memorial unveiled at Camp Pendleton

Memorial dedicated to those killed in Afghanistan

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The full measure of deployments to Afghanistan were clearly evident as the names of 89 Marines and sailors etched in granite were unveiled Thursday in a new monument at Camp Pendleton.

"From the bottom of my own broken heart, I'm sorry," said Gen. John Kelly, the head of U.S. Southern Command.  

Kelly lost his son Robert, who deployed with Marines to Sangin, Afghanistan, in 2010.  

"When he went down, he was where he wanted to be, doing what he wanted to do," Kelly said to family members of other fallen warriors.  

Alicia Williams traveled to San Diego County from south Texas for the ceremony that honored her son, Lance Cpl. Jose Maldonado.  

"I'm very, very proud of him and being here and seeing his friends, it helps," she said.  

The ceremony also brought Julie Vinnedge to California from her home in Missouri to honor her son, Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge.

"This monument will be a place that his friends can come to so that Phillip won't be forgotten, and that's what is important to me," she said.

The monument closely resembles the one dedicated to fallen Marines and sailors killed in Iraq.

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