Born February 7, 1975 in Albany New York
Died July 21, 2011 in Paktika, Afghanistan.
Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson of Canyon Lake, Texas died at age 36 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. Stevenson was currently serving his 10th deployment overseas since the start of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Highly decorated, Master Sgt. Stevenson received the following: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Nation Defense Service Medal, among several others. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.