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.