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Army Ranger killed in Action

FORT BRAGG, NC — An Army Ranger died July 18 from wounds received during combat operations in Afghanistan while serving with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning, Ga.

Corporal Benjamin Stephen Kopp, 21, was seriously wounded during a combat operation in southern Afghanistan July 10. Kopp was medically evacuated through Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C., where he later died as a result of his wounds July 18.

His unit had attacked a Taliban safe haven where they fought a determined enemy from multiple directions for several hours, resulting in the killing of more than 10 Taliban fighters, according to official military reports.

“Cpl. Kopp gave his life fighting against a tenacious, malevolent, and determined enemy during a sustained firefight, under incredibly difficult conditions, with his fellow Rangers,” said Col. Richard D. Clarke, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “His actions on that day are in keeping with the finest traditions of the 75th Ranger Regiment and his loss will be felt by all.”

“Ranger Kopp was a best friend to everyone in his platoon and he never hesitated to lead the way to go where others would not. He was a great Ranger and a great American citizen that the Nation can be proud of,” said Lt. Col. Daniel R. Walrath, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment battalion commander.

After graduating from Rosemount High School, Kopp enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Rosemont, Minn., July 2006. He began his Army Ranger career when he was assigned to Company C, 3rd Bn., where he served as a rifleman.

Kopp was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror with two previous deployments to Iraq.

He is survived by his mother Jill Stephenson of Rosemont, Minn., and his father Duane Kopp of Minnetonka, Minn.

Cpl. Kopp’ Bio.


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  1. A young man died doing what he wanted to do, being with an elite fighting force in the company of his brothers. He did it for them, he did it for us. He surely will not be forgotten by me. He is an example for all who serve and those who don't. Thank you Benjamin Stephen Kopp, God bless you. Rest now, your fight is done.

  2. I was support for the that batt and remember this guy. Three years after turning 18 he did three deployments, and accomplished in a short period of time more then most people do there whole existence. He was the blade on the spear of democracy, who died holding true to the principles of third battalion. No doubt it was a desire to save those he held dear that made him fo fierce in his last firefight. Bravo Zulu to Kopp and Long Live the Kings.

  3. You died serving country and family but most of all you died for your brothers i respect you…… god bless you. May you rest in peace. may i try to do a fraction of the things you did.

  4. I am a brazilian soldier and..do i like very much of the us army..i love the ranger regiment and 1DSFO-Delta.Godbye man.Sorry for my english.

  5. All i can say is that i am so sorry for this Ranger, he is a hero and will never be forgotten, so young and sacrificed his life for us, i thank him for that,but thanking is not enough, i wish he didn't die,but now he is in peace in heaven where it is glorious and he'll never go through anything like this ever again. God bless him!
    This really breaks my heart, i am so sorry!

  6. This looks like the one guy from Special Op's Mission….

    Regardless, Blue ski's from here bro..

  7. I join the german army (Bundeswehr) 1978 for 4 Years and i had very good comrades in the US Army. Now its very hard to see fallen this brave young freedom fighters in Irak, Afghanistan and so on. Our heart and Mind are always with YOU. Sorry for my English, its very rusty.

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