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Marine Cpl. Kevin A. Cueto

Died June 22, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of San Jose, Calif.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Cpl. Claudio Patino IV.

Cueto ‘wanted to go out for his country’

The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The aunt of a 23-year-old Marine corporal from San Jose who was killed in Afghanistan says the family worried about him and told him about the dangers of military service.

But she says Kevin Cueto would respond that if he was going to die, he “wanted to go out for his country and for his family.”

The Defense Department says Cueto died June 22 in the southwestern province of Helmand when a roadside bomb went off.

Cueto, a rifleman, was on his second combat deployment since he joined the Marines in 2005 after graduating from Westmont High School in Campbell. He served in Iraq in 2009.

Cueto was assigned to a unit based at Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County.

His aunt, Maria Cueto, says Kevin’s father was in Delaware awaiting the arrival of his son’s body.

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