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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 4:15 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

2nd Kane'ohe Bay Marine killed Wednesday

By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer

Ohio newspapers are reporting that a second Kane'ohe Bay Marine was among three killed Wednesday in Iraq's western Anbar province.

Ohio newspapers reported that Pfc. Heath Warner, 19, of Canton, was killed along with two other Marines by a roadside bomb that hit their Humvee at about 10 a.m.

On Warner's MySpace Web page, he says he is at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and on a Sept. 6 post says he is "numb" with the departure for Iraq just a few days away.

Multi-National Corps Iraq put out a release yesterday saying three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7, the higher command for Hawai'i Marines, died Wednesday from wounds due to enemy action.

The Kane'ohe Bay base does not confirm total deaths until names are released by the Pentagon.

Yesterday, the Pentagon identified Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Alonzo, 21, of Dumas, Texas, as one of three Marines who died during combat operations.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii said Alonzo was a team leader assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Alonzo joined the Marines in June of 2004 and reported to Hawai'i later that year.

He deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion from May 2005 to January 2006, the base said. He left for Iraq and a seven-month tour in September.

Approximately 1,000 Marines with the 2nd Battalion are serving in the Haditha Dam area northwest of Baghdad.

Western Anbar province is considered the Sunni heartland and a major source of resistance to U.S. forces. Hawai'i Marines have called it an "exceptionally hostile" environment.

With the latest deaths, at least 13 Hawai'i Marines have been killed in combat since late September.

Reach William Cole at wcole@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-5459.