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Benjamin Brian Wise dies of injuries

Benjamin Brian Wise, brother to Blackwater Contractor Former Navy SEAL Jeremy Wise Killed two years ago in Khost CIA Bombing, has died at Landstuhl due to injuries received in Afghanistan on January 9.

Magnolia Reporter  January 17, 2012

A Hope, Arkansas couple has lost a second son to military action in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Brian Wise, 34, of Little Rock, died Sunday in Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Germany of injuries sustained Monday, January 9 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Benjamin Brian Wise

According to a post on the Defense Base Act Compensation Blog, Sgt. Wise died from complications of wounds received when he was shot in both legs. The legs were amputated in an attempt to save his life, but Wise did not survive.

Sgt. Wise’s wife and children live in Puyallup, Washington.

Wise is the son of Dr. Jean and Mary Wise of Hope. They are former residents of Magnolia and Camden. Dr. Wise is an ear, nose and throat specialist who has a clinic in Hope.

Sgt. Wise is also survived by a sister, Mary Heather Skaleski, and a brother, Matthew “Beau” Jordan Wise.

Jeremy Wise, 35, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, died in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. He was one of seven people killed when a suicide bomber attacked a meeting at Forward Operating Base Chapman, where Wise was working as a security contractor. The explosion killed five of the Central Intelligence Agency’s top operatives in Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Prescott issued a statement on Monday night regarding Sgt. Wise’s death.

“Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise was a true American hero -giving his life in service to our great country. His bravery, dedication and patriotism exemplified what it means to be an American soldier and I am eternally grateful for his selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, parents and the rest of his many family and friends during this very difficult time. We must never forget that our service members often put themselves in harm’s way, and too many, like Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise, die in service to our country. We must always thank all of our active duty service members and veterans for what they do and have done, and never forget those, like Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise, who have died serving this country,” the statement said

January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I knew all of these Wise boys when they were young. My husband and myself worked for Dr. Wise. My heart and prayers go out to Jean and Mary Wise and the rest of the family.

    Comment by Sherry McQuerry | January 19, 2012 | Reply


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