The city's adopted "Thundering Third" lost four more Marines killed while fighting in Afghanistan, officials said.
Four Marines in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines died in combat while stationed overseas, said officials of the Huntington Beach 3/1 Marines Foundation. Sgt. Brandon Bury, of Grand Prairie, Texas; Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez, of Bridgeton, Mo.; Cpl. Donald Marler, of Harlingen, Texas., and Sgt. John Rankel, of Indianapolis, Ind.; were killed last week in combat.
The city adopted the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines stationed in Camp Pendleton in 2005 by a City Council proclamation.
The foundation has been supporting the Marines and their families with care packages, welcome-home activities, assistance to injured Marines and programs for families when the Marines are deployed.