Marines Return

(Camp Lejeune-AP) -- Members of the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade have begun returning to Camp Lejeune, nearby air bases and the port at Morehead City. In all five-thousand members of the brigade are schedueld to come home throughout the week. Also called Task Force Tarawa, the brigade helped liberate several Iraqi cities. But 20 members were killed in combat and three died in accidents. Along with landings yesterday at Lejeune, some Marines returned by helicopter at New River Air Station. Several hundred members of the air combat element of the task force flew to New River from the U-S-S Saipan on C-H-53 choppers.

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