LCPL Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt was killed in Afghanistan. he apparently suffered a gunshot wound. LCPL Schmidt was a sniper for the Marines. He was the son of Dr. David Schmidt, team physician for the San Antonio Spurs. He was also the son of Becky Whetstone, former advice columnist for the San Antonio Express News. Ms. Whetstone was formerly married to Congressman Charlie Gonzales.
LCPL Schmidt was in his fourth year with the Marines and had planned to return to civilian life. He graduated from Alamo Heights High school where he played football. He was described by his mother as charming and charismatic. He will be buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. See San Antonio Express News report.
As I have mentioned here before, I have to admire our brave young men and women who continue to step up in a time of war and serve in our military.