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Decorated Bragg paratrooper dies in Afghanistan

Posted April 27, 2012

— A paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg died Wednesday from an improvised explosive device in Aghanistan, the Defense Department said Thursday. 

Cpl. Benjamin H. Neal, of Orfordville, Wis., was killed in the Zharay District, Kandahar Province. 

Neal was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. 

Neal joined the Army in 2009 and has received the NATO medal, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medla, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist Badge. 


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  • Comfortably Numb Apr 27, 2012

    Forgive all of these posters Cpl. Neal. that can't seem to understand what you died for. The don't even have the decency to remain quiet during this time. You are held with the highest honor and dignity by those who do understand your great sacrifice. May you rest in peace and love knowing the sacrifice that you have given to all of us left to carry on.

  • pipcolt Apr 27, 2012

    If it was not for the Bush admin. all those ied's would be happening here on US soil and the Obama admin. would be apologizing to the enemy and asking them to please stop we can pay you to leave us alone.

    Wake up people, what we are doing is taking the fight to there street and keeping it away from ours.

    RIP to all that have given their lives to keep our country safe
    and thank you for those that have made it back. God Bless

  • gep6438 Apr 27, 2012

    RIP Hero....

  • BigOski Apr 27, 2012

    Wow. Its interesting the ignorance of people still resurrecting the Bush admin. Really??? That gets old.

    RIP Cpl. Benjamin H. Neal. Thank you for your service defending our freedoms abroad and at home.

  • wildpig777 Apr 27, 2012

    the misson --which bush was to incompetant to complete was to - stop al quida 2- kill ben laden. both of which has occurred under o bama's watch... as i said STOP THE WAR NOW.....

  • christopher27519 Apr 27, 2012

    May Corporal Neal rest in peace and his family be consoled for their loss. This man volunteered everything he had (including his life) in order that we may have the peace and freedoms that we have in our country today. I salute Corporal Neal and pray to God for he and all the men and women in our country who serve in the armed forces and protect us. His life wasn't a waste.

  • True Blue in Wake County Apr 27, 2012

    "STOP THE WAR NOW. never forget --bush started this mess"

    Evidently, you were watching the tractor pulls or 'Rastlin while waiting for the UFO's to abduct you.....Bush didnt start "this mess," Muslim religious zealots did when they flew 2 planes into a building.....

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 27, 2012

    Sorry for him and his family...God Bless this paratrooper!

  • wildpig777 Apr 27, 2012

    wral will not allow my post to go thru if i tell yall what we oughta do in afghnastan-- i do believe in a scortched earth policy, since bush and obama wont allow that -- and since there is no viable reason we should remain there i say -- STOP THE WAR NOW. never forget --bush started this mess...

  • lorivhoward2 Apr 27, 2012

    Rest in Peace and thank you for your service! May your family be in God's arms at this time~