the DOD News Release DOD Announces Army Casualty, Dustwun Status brought to my attention not only the sad news of another death of a young soldier, but also that the missing soldier is from my home state:
The Department of Defense today announced the identity of a soldier currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) and the death of a soldier who were both supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The two soldiers were members of the 1st Battalion, 508thParachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va., has been unaccounted for since Nov. 4 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, when he went missing while involved in a resupply mission.
Sgt. Benjamin W. Sherman, 21, of Plymouth, Mass., has been identified as having been killed while participating in the Nov. 4 resupply mission.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch had this story today
Army searching Afghanistan river for Chesterfield soldier by Reed Williams
Keeping both families in our prayers here.......