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Marine who died surfing on Okinawa recently received a meritorious promotion to corporal

Cpl. Rene PonceAvalos, a 22-year-old engineer equipment operator from Beaverton, Ore., went missing Sunday afternoon while surfing near Okinawa’s Ikei Island, according to a statement Monday from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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