Benjamin Jaewon Park – Private First Class, United States Army

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 512-10
June 21, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Private First Class Benjamin J. Park, 25, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, died June 18, 2010, at Zhari district, Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died June 18th when his dismounted patrol encountered an improvised explosive device in the Zhari District, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Private First Class Benjamin J. Park, 25, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, was an infantryman assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in August 2009 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010.

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Army Pfc. Benjamin J. Park, 25, of Fairfax Station, Va., died June 18 at Zhari district, Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Park’s awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Infantry Badge and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

Park is survived by his mother, In Sook Park, and father, Do Hyun Park of Fairfax Station, Virginia.


A soldier from Fairfax Station died in Afghanistan on Friday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents with a roadside bomb, the Pentagon said Monday.

The Defense Department said Pfc. Benjamin J. Park, 25, died in the Zhari district in Kandahar. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was on dismounted patrol, said Kelly A. DeWitt, a spokeswoman for Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where the division is stationed.

She said Park joined the Army in August and was sent to Fort Campbell in January. Survivors include his mother, In Sook Park, and his father, Do Hyun Park. Neighbors said he is also survived by a sister.

A neighbor recalled Park, as a youth, darting across a street to stop her child's stroller when it began speeding down a hill.

PARK, BENJAMIN JAEWON

  • PFC   US ARMY
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 06/21/1984
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/2010
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 9167
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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