Army Spc. Benjamin J. Garrison

Died November 27, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

25, of Houston; assigned to 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Nov. 27 in Amerli, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes.

Houston soldier dies in Iraq

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A Texan was one of two soldiers killed in Amerli, Iraq, after their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said Nov. 28.

Spc. Benjamin J. Garrison, 25, of Houston and Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes, 26, of Bronx, N.Y., were killed Nov. 27.

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. Both were deployed to Iraq in September.

Garrison was an infantryman working as a radio telephone operator. He enlisted in the Army in March 2006 and had been awarded a Purple Heart among his five decorations.

Garrison is survived by his wife and parents, all of Houston.