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Lance Corporal Benjamin Schmidt, son of prominent San Antonio parents, died in Afghanistan
San Antonio Headlines Examiner ^ | October 7, 2011 | Jack Dennis

Posted on 10/07/2011 11:30:59 AM PDT by gandalftb

Marine Lance Corporal Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt, 24, son of San Antonio Spurs doctor David Schmidt, and local counselor/therapist Becky Whetstone was killed in action Thursday in Afghanistan.

Schmidt, a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, spent some brief time at home in August before he embarked on his second tour of Afghanistan in September.

Scheduled to end his deployment in May 2012, Corporal Schmidt was killed from a gunshot wound to the head.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; marinecorps; texas; usmc
LCpl. Schmidt transferred into 2/4 Echo May, 2010 just as we finished deployment as the 11th MEU.

He volunteered for a the 4 month deployment with 2/4 Echo in Afghanistan from July, 2010 through October, 2010 at FOB Dwyer.

LCpl. Schmidt was famous in the battalion for wanting to carry a .50 cal Barrett on walking patrols. He reasoned that the enemy knew better than to ever shoot at a Marine carrying a Barrett as there is no chance of escape after a missed shot. It just made sense to him, regardless of the weight of the weapon and ammo.

LCpl Schmidt just deployed with 2/4 Echo to Camp Leatherneck and had been in country only 3 weeks. He was a scout/sniper, and very proud of that.

I talked to a friend of LCpl. Schmidt this morning who mentioned how happy and thrilled LCpl. Schmidt was to be in love for the first time and to have a sweetheart back home to write and talk to on this deployment.

Bless your heart LCpl. Schmidt, I only knew of you enough to know what a fine Marine and young man you were.

Semper fi, carry on

1 posted on 10/07/2011 11:31:14 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

RIP and prayers.

In my opinion all of them are the finest.


2 posted on 10/07/2011 11:35:18 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: gandalftb

RIP and prayers.

In my opinion all of them are the finest.


3 posted on 10/07/2011 11:35:43 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: gandalftb

RIP and prayers.

In my opinion all of them are the finest.


4 posted on 10/07/2011 11:36:12 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: gandalftb

The talent and humanity of Marines like LCpl. Schmidt and all our other service members that have been lost, is not replaceable.


5 posted on 10/07/2011 11:37:09 AM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: gandalftb

Not a mistake. To me, worth repeating.


6 posted on 10/07/2011 11:37:39 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: doug from upland; Nachum; Cindy; G8 Diplomat; AdmSmith; Dog; nuconvert; Straight Vermonter; ...

ping


7 posted on 10/07/2011 11:40:39 AM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: gandalftb

My heart breaks for his family.


8 posted on 10/07/2011 11:44:06 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: gandalftb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAABxsHOELQ


9 posted on 10/07/2011 11:48:47 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: gandalftb

Prayers for his family. Many thanks for his service and the ultimate price he paid for his country.


10 posted on 10/07/2011 12:01:47 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: gandalftb
Semper Fi Marine
11 posted on 10/07/2011 12:10:56 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: bigheadfred
RIP, Shipmate.


12 posted on 10/07/2011 12:48:02 PM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: gandalftb

Prayers for LCpl Schmidt and all who were touched by his life and death.


13 posted on 10/07/2011 12:55:29 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: gandalftb

RIP. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


14 posted on 10/07/2011 12:56:50 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: gandalftb

R.I.P. I didn’t see this news elsewhere. I so dislike this media.


15 posted on 10/07/2011 1:50:40 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

God Bless you Benjamin. Rest In Peace and comfort to your family. Amen.


16 posted on 10/07/2011 2:33:59 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: gandalftb

Prayers for this brave warrior and his grieving family and friends. “For those I love, I will sacrifice.” Semper Fi, Marine.


17 posted on 10/07/2011 2:36:41 PM PDT by Pat4ever (NO MORE!)
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To: gandalftb

Prayers for his family and friends. May he rest in peace and his loved ones find comfort in God’s loving grace.

So sad.


18 posted on 10/07/2011 3:21:58 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: ColdOne
I so dislike this media.

Our lamestream media does suck, but sometimes the military wants to delay the release of news so that the families can prepare for the onslaught. A young friend of mine (Navy SEAL Caleb Nelson) was killed Saturday, Oct 1 but the Navy asked his family and friends not to post anything on line until the Navy released the information to prevent people like the Westboro Baptist Church whack jobs from finding out and making a tragedy even worse. The news of Caleb's death didn't hit the wires until about 36 hours afterward. Time to get his parents and wife to Dover AFB to wait for his body to come from Afghanistan. Too many of our finest young men have died this week. RIP L Cpl Schmidt.

19 posted on 10/07/2011 4:15:11 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Vor Lady

Thanks for that info.


20 posted on 10/07/2011 4:29:03 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: gandalftb

Prayers for comfort for this family.


21 posted on 10/07/2011 4:44:48 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: gandalftb

Thanks gandalftb, prayers.


22 posted on 10/07/2011 5:24:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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