South Amboy Plans To Honor Fallen Solider

SOUTH AMBOY – Community members are working to build a monument to honor the memory of Army Sgt. Benjamin L. Sebban, who was killed in Iraq last year.

The idea originally came from members of American Legion Post 62, but community involvement has expanded since then. The project is being funded through donations, and area businesses including Capitol Pavers, Accurate Concrete and Camerato Landscaping will be donating materials and services, officials said.

The monument will be located along the waterfront of the Raritan Bay County Park.

Sebban, who was 29 when he died last March, was a senior combat medic assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He died from wounds sustained when a bomb detonated near his unit, which was patrolling near Baqubah, Iraq on March 17, 2007.

Sebban was reportedly trying to warn fellow troops when the device exploded, and then treated the injured before he himself died.

The sergeant joined the Army in December 1998 as a combat medic. He completed the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. in 2005. He arrived to the 82nd Airborne Division in January 2006 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, as a senior combat medic. Five months later he was reassigned to 5th Squadron., 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

He had two previous deployments to Iraq with the 67th Combat Support Hospital out of Germany from January 2003 through May 2003 and January 2004 through April 2004.

Sebban’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one clasp, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

In May, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Donations to the monument campaign may be sent to the John M. Donnelly Foundation, 662 S. Stevens Avenue, South Amboy, NJ 08879.

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