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Sarge Just sent this:

It's been a little while since I've posted here, but Friday night all the
things in the world news that I'd been planning to write about suddenly
became completely unimportant. Friday night a soldier from my company, from
my platoon, was killed by an IED. His name was SPC Benjamin (Withheld), and he
was one of the best soldiers I've ever met. I'm not going to evangelize too
much because the fact is none of you knew him, and, unfortunately, none of
you will ever have the honor and privilege of knowing him. I can only
imagine how much the world has missed out on now that he's not in it. He was
a good friend, quick with a joke and a smile. Our commander, who was pretty
close to Ben, said it best: "he was a child at heart…and a man in spirit."

Goodbye Ben. We'll miss you.

Note: I have withheld the soldiers last name so as not to intrude upon the family's grief. I will not publish it unless and until the family gives me permission to do so. May God have mercy upon his soul and may his family find peace.

UPDATE: Sarge asked me to post this picture of Ben. I will do so, but will remove it if the family asks me to.

Rest in peace, Ben.

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  3. Angel says:

    So so sorry for your loss..and thank u for letting us share your grief with you…Blessings.

  4. May God rest his soul and keep his family strong. If only the family could know how much we Americans think that Ben is a hero. God Bless him and his family.

  5. Alex says:

    This saddens me to no end. You’re right: I never knew Ben, but I do miss him. God rest his soul, and God bless his family and friends. We’ve lost another hero.

    Ben, you never knew me, but thank you. God bless.

  6. Charlie Holbrook says:

    So sorry about the loss of your friend Spc Benjamin and thank you for allowing us to share your grief. Bless his heart and may his soul find rest and peace.

    the hobo

  7. AntmaN says:

    Thank you to Ben’s family for sharing him with us and I’m so sorry that we didn’t get to share more of him. God Bless you all! Be strong and find peace.

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  9. It’s a sad story and one that has been repeated all over America.

    Our only comfort is knowing that the cause for which he and others gave what Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion” is a just cause.

    We honor his memory, as we do all those others who have sacrificed all they had by staying true to a course for which they believed.

    And we find further comfort knowing that we have the best military in the world, made better by the service of so many like him.

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