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1st Lt. Benjamin T. Britt

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Just as Benjamin T. Britt eventually bested his father in chess _ a game the son learned from the dad _ his family eventually learned from Ben''s example. "I''m very protective of the values that Ben held close to his heart," said his father, Dave Britt Jr. "And if I can do half as good a job representing him as he did representing all of us, I''ll be happy." Britt, 24, of Wheeler, Texas, died Dec. 22 in Baghdad when an explosive detonated near his foot patrol. He was a West Point graduate and was assigned to Fort Campbell. "He loved Wheeler, he loved Wheeler County, he loved the Panhandle, and he thought Texas was the greatest state in the United States," said his father. The younger Britt played in two high school state championship games and one semifinal, was named 1998 first-team, all-state offensive guard and made the 1998 Amarillo Globe-News Football Super Team. Britt also was valedictorian of his class, an Eagle Scout, a saxophone-playing member of the Wheeler High Band and a member of the 1A state-winning literary criticism team. He also is survived by his mother, Mary.
Published online on Dec. 28, 2005
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