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Military police company returns to SC

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A military police company from South Carolina is home from Afghanistan.

More than 160 members of the 133rd Military Police Company in Timmonsville returned to Florence on Sunday after a year of deployment.

About 1,000 people gathered at Florence Veterans Park to welcome the soldiers home.

Three members of the unit were killed and five others were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on NATO forces on June 20. The dead were 30-year-old 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl of Lexington; 36-year-old Spc. John David Meador II of Columbia; and 30-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford Thomas of Easley.

The National Guard held a short ceremony at the park Sunday before dismissing the soldiers to their families.

The company trained Afghan police and security forces and regularly conducted local security missions.

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