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Family, friends say farewell to VMU-3

Cpl. Joseph Bellevue, an unmanned aerial system avionics technician with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, receives a care bag from a Veterans of Foreign Wars member as he boards the bus during the VMU-3 departure to Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 19, 2011.



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This work, Family, friends say farewell to VMU-3 [Image 2 of 2], by Cpl Andrew Thorburn, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.19.2011

Date Posted:04.22.2011 16:33

Photo ID:393268

VIRIN:110419-M-ZU667-092

Resolution:4896x3264

Size:805.85 KB

Location:TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, USGlobe

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