Pfc. Benjamen Chisholm, a graduate of Northwest High School, died Tuesday in military service in Afghanistan. He was 24.|
Pfc. Chisholm was killed Tuesday in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan when his military vehicle rolled over after a roadside bomb explosion. Pvt. Charles M. High IV, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., also died.
Both men belonged to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, part of the storied 101st Airborne Division.
Pfc. Chisholm's mother, who lives in Fredericksburg, said her son was manning the 50-caliber machine gun from the turret when the explosion flipped the vehicle.
Pfc. Chisholm shipped out for Afghanistan in late May, his first deployment. Just two weeks before, he had married a fellow soldier, Spc. Amber Ferguson, who left for Afghanistan shortly after that. They were assigned to outposts about 80 miles apart.
Pfc. Chisholm was born in Silver Spring, Md., and spent most of his early years in Colorado and Utah. He moved to Flower Mound in 1998. He attended schools in Flower Mound, but when the family moved to Haslet outside Fort Worth a few years later, he attended and graduated from Northwest High.
Because he loved to volunteer at the Rocky Top Therapy Center in Keller, which provides equine therapy for disabled people, his mother asked that donations be made there in his name.
In addition to his mother, Linda Reynolds, Pfc. Chisholm is survived by his father and stepmother, Glenn and Karma Chisholm of Oregon; sisters Alyssa Breuel of Lewisville and Tammy Breuel of Fredericksburg; and brother Jay Breuel of Fredericksburg.
Services for Pfc. Chisholm are planned in Fredericksburg through Schaetter's Funeral Home.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 20, 2010