Marine from Sierra Vista dies in Afghanistan

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Lance Cpl. Randy Braggs By Bryce Potter Lance Cpl. Randy Braggs By Bryce Potter

A 21-year-old Marine Lance Corporal from Sierra Vista was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Saturday.

The public affairs office of the First Marine Dvisioin at Camp Pendleton, California, identfies him as Lance Corporal Randy R. Braggs.

A news release says he was killed while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province.

The release says Braggs was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

It says he enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 23, 2009.  This was his first combat deployment.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal and more.

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