Friday, April 27, 2012

R.I.P. - Spc. Benjamin H. Neal

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DOD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Spc. Benjamin H. Neal, 21, of Orfordville, Wis., died April 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information the media may contact 82nd Airborne Division public affairs at 910-432-0661 or 910-587-0217.

A 2009 graduate of Parkview High School in Orfordville, Neal deployed to Afghanistan a few months ago. He was serving a nine-month tour.
Neal was a wrestler in high school, and family members said he was the type of guy that was friends with everyone.
His parents are traveling to Dover Air Force Base to be with their son's body when it returns to the U.S.
The family thanked everyone for their support but asked for privacy as they continue to grieve.

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