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Body of fallen O.C. Marine returns to Calif.

June 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A solemn ceremony took place Wednesday as the body of Cpl. Claudio Patino arrived in Los Alamitos.The 22-year-old marine from Yorba Linda was killed in combat, fighting in Helmand province in Afghanistan last week.

It was his third deployment, his second to Afghanistan.

He had recently re-enlisted and volunteered for that second Afghanistan tour after just four months at home.

Patino's family says he always wanted to serve his country as a marine.

On Monday, friends and loved ones gathered to remember the fallen soldier at his alma mater, El Dorado High School, in Placentia.

He was praised as a hero.


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