Japan-based US Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning was killed on 27th October while attempting to disarm a homemade bomb that had been buried by insurgents in Helmand province.
31-year-old SSgt Dunning, from Milpitas, California, served with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, based in Okinawa. He had served in the military for almost 13 years. This was his second combat deployment to Afghanistan.
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