United States Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast, 23, of Niles, Michigan (father, South Bend, Indiana).

   Died April 6, 2011 northeast of Patrol Base Alcatraz, Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting a dismounted patrol.

    He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve; stationed at Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment, San Diego.

    Ben was a 2006 graduate of Brandywine High School. After graduating high school, he went on to study at Lake Michigan College. He majored in law enforcement and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. He joined the Navy and was first stationed in California. Then he volunteered to go to Afghanistan. 
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