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Missions change, goodbyes remain the same: 'Kings of Battle' Marines depart on first deployment to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.26.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - Ceasing embraces with their loved ones for resolute grips on their rifles, approximately 550 Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, loaded buses from April 25-30, and departed on a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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