US Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt, was killed in action on 6th October 2011 in Helmand province after being shot in the head by enemy forces.
24-year-old L-Cpl Schmidt, from San Antonio, Texas, served with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.
He leaves his father Dr. David Schmidt, mother Becky Whetstone, sister Casey, girlfriend, Taylor Ryan and other loving relatives.