Two years ago, an Arkansas family learned they had lost a son. This past weekend, they learned they had lost another.

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin B. Wise, 34, of Little Rock, Ark., died of wounds sustained during combat in Afghanistan, two years and 11 days after his older brother, Jeremy Wise, was killed in a suicide bombing at Forward Operating Base Chapman near the eastern Afghan city of Khost.

Benjamin Wise, a Green Beret with the U.S. Army’s 1st Group, 3rd Battalion, was on his fourth overseas deployment when his unit was attacked by insurgents. According to a memorial Web site set up by family members, he was struck six times by bullets and suffered extensive wounds to his legs and abdomen.

Military doctors at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, amputated both legs in an effort to save him, but Wise succumbed to his wounds on Sunday, according to the Pentagon.


Jeremy Wise was killed at a CIA base in Afghanistan in December 2009. (Courtesy Dana Wise)

After gaining access to the CIA compound, he killed himself and nine others, including five CIA officers, two American security guards, a Jordanian intelligence officer and an Afghan operative working with the CIA.

Benjamin Wise is survived by a wife and three children, as well as his parents, a sister, and a younger brother who is still on active duty with the Marines.