Monday, October 05, 2009

to the family and friends of captain benjamin a. sklaver

our thoughts and our prayers are with you.

we (i think i can speak for EVERYONE here) are so very sorry for your loss. we are so very grateful for captain sklaver's service.

pic: dover afb. ap

Hamden Native Killed In Afghanistan
By PETER MARTEKA The Hartford Courant

HAMDEN - When the flag-draped casket of U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin A. Sklaver arrived at Dover Air Force Base Saturday, he was not only mourned by his parents and fiancee, but also by thousands of people in Uganda who simply knew him as "Moses Ben," the man who brought them clean and sustainable drinking water.

Sklaver, a 32-year-old Hamden native, was killed in an ambush, possibly by a suicide bomber, while on patrol Friday in Muscheh, Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Major Charlie Jaworksi, a spokesman for the Army, declined comment on how Sklaver was killed during Operation Enduring Freedom since the Department of Defense had not officially released details early Sunday afternoon.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered the state's flag to half-staff in honor of Sklaver. In Hamden, Benjamin Sklaver's father Gary Sklaver was awaiting the arrival of relatives and friends from across the country and world who are coming for his son's funeral that has tentatively been scheduled for Tuesday. He said his son was a "very bright and ethical man" and was getting married to Beth Segaloff in June.


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