A Fort Bragg-based paratrooper was killed in Iraq on Saturday when an improvised bomb exploded near his vehicle.
Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban, 29, of South Amboy, N.J., was on a patrol near Baqubah, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad, when he was killed, according to a news release from the 82nd Airborne Division.
Sebban was a senior combat medic.
Family members said through the Army that they didn't want to talk to the news media.
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"He was always extremely proud of his family and his hometown ... which he frequently talked about," said Capt. Phillip Kiniery, an officer with Sebban's unit, in a prepared statement. "He had a tenacious attitude mixed with a desire to train and lead other medics in the platoon which made him one of the best medics I have ever worked with in my career.
"There wasn't anything asked of Sebban that he didn't do to the best of his ability," Kiniery said.
Sebban joined the Army in December 1998 and came to the 82nd in January 2006.
This was his third combat tour in Iraq. His two previous deployments there were with the 67th Combat Support Hospital out of Germany from January 2003 through May 2003 and January 2004 through April 2004.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star.
Sebban is survived by his mother, Barbara Walsh of Neshanic Station, N.J.; his father, Paul Sebban; and a brother, Daniel Sebban of Neshanic Station. A memorial service will be held for him by his unit in Iraq. Family funeral arrangements were incomplete.