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U.S. Marine from San Jose killed in Afghanistan

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A 23-year-old U.S. Marine from San Jose was killed in combat this week in Afghanistan — the second San Jose soldier killed in Afghanistan in six months.

Cpl. Kevin A. Cueto was killed by an improvised explosive device Tuesday while on combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cueto joined the Marines in 2005. It was his second tour of duty. He served in Iraq in 2009.

Cueto was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County.

Cueto's service awards include the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is the second soldier from San Jose killed in Afghanistan in six months.

On Dec. 25, Army Staff Sgt. David Gutierrez, 35, of San Jose was killed in combat in Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.

And, on June 14, Army Spc. Nathan W. Cox, 27, of Fremont suffered fatal wounds when insurgents attacked his patrol unit with small-arms fire near a forward operating base at Kohogyani in eastern Afghanistan.

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