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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 905-09
November 18, 2009

DOD Announces Army Casualty, Dustwun Status

                The Department of Defense today announced the identity of a soldier currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) and the death of a soldier who were both supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The two soldiers were members of the 1st Battalion, 508thParachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
 
                Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va., has been unaccounted for since Nov. 4 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, when he went missing while involved in a resupply mission.
 
                Sgt. Benjamin W. Sherman, 21, of Plymouth, Mass., has been identified as having been killed while participating in the Nov. 4 resupply mission.
 
                Search and recovery efforts are ongoing, and the incident is under investigation.
 
                For further information, contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661 or 910-432-0662.