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Camp Pendleton Marine unit returns from Afghanistan

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Sgt. Jose Castaneda kisses his daughter Makyla as he returns from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP) Sgt. Jose Castaneda kisses his daughter Makyla as he returns from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP)
A bag is marked with a tag that reads, "Camp Leatherneck," as a group of Marines return from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP) A bag is marked with a tag that reads, "Camp Leatherneck," as a group of Marines return from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP)
Marine Corps GySgt. Avril King holds a sign for a friend due to return from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP) Marine Corps GySgt. Avril King holds a sign for a friend due to return from a tour in Afghanistan Monday, March 28, 2011, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP)

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine unit that directed saw some of the bloodiest fighting in Afghanistan has returned home to California.

The North County Times says the last wave of troops from the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group returned Monday to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

The roughly 600-member unit oversaw U.S., NATO and Afghan army operations in Helmand province during the Taliban insurgency.

At least 61 Marines from Camp Pendleton have been killed in Afghanistan in the past year.

Among the hardest-hit units was the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. It suffered 25 combat deaths and more than 150 injuries. The regiment is due home in a couple of weeks.

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