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Fallen Green Beret served at JBLM since 2001, left behind three children

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2012 at 11:40 am with 5 Comments »
January 17, 2012 11:52 am
Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Wise

The Special Forces soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who died Sunday from combat injuries he suffered in Afghanistan was a father of three with a long military career in the South Sound.

Benjamin Wise, 34, of Puyallup leaves behind a wife, two sons and a daughter. He died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, six days after he was wounded in an attack in Afghanistan’s Balkh Province.

His family released the following statement today:

“The Wise family is sincerely touched by the concern and interest all have taken in Ben’s life, his career and his sacrifice for our country. Ben was proud of the career he built in the Army.

“We would like to thank friends and his fellow soldiers for their sincere expressions of sympathy during this very difficult time. Your support is appreciated as we mourn the loss of Ben who was a loving husband, a devoted father, a caring son and a selfless soldier.”

Wise’s brother, Jeremy, was a former Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan at the end of 2009, where he reportedly was working as a CIA contractor.

Benjamin Wise enlisted in the Army in November 2000 and was assigned to then Fort Lewis’ 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Wise deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Brigade in 2003-04, where he served in a scout platoon.

He volunteered for the Special Forces in 2005 and was selected to train as a Special Operations medical sergeant. Wise in 2008 was assigned to Lewis-McChords 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group. He has deployed with Special Forces once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.

After his death, Wise was awarded a Bronze Star medal and a Purple Heart.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. March on brother…..sua sponte.

  2. Soundlife says:

    Rest in Peace Brother.
    God be with the Wise family; may we earn your incredible sacrifices.

  3. De Oppresso Libre Go in peace.

  4. humiliator says:

    Well said Soundlife. Thank you for all you’ve given!

  5. interWOLFone says:

    I don’t know if this valiant soldier was a religious man…but these words attributed to Yeshua Ben Yosef (aka Jesus the Christ) would seem to apply:

    “No greater love hath any man than this…that he lay down his life for his friends. Those who do this, are MY friends. ”

    My deepest sympathies to those who knew and loved Benjamin, and also his brother Jeremy. My utmost gratitude to our warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to their families for a debt which can never be repaid.

    I believe with all my heart that Benjamin and Jeremy have been reunited in God’s presence, and also with their loved ones who have gone before them, and with their comrades in arms who have also made that ultimate sacrifice.

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