Army Green Beret from O'Hara dies in North Carolina, family says


O'HARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. - An Army Green Beret who grew up in O‘Hara and served in Iraq and Afghanistan has died at Fort Bragg, N.C., his family said on Friday.

Maj. Benjamin Follansbee, 31, died Monday in Fayetteville N.C., said his father, Dr. William Follansbee. The circumstances of the death are “strictly confidential,” the elder Follansbee said.

Benjamin Follansbee was a graduate of Shady Side Academy and the University of Delaware, where he was in the Army‘s ROTC program.

He served as an airborne Army Ranger in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. He later completed training as a Army Green Beret and did three tours in Afghanistan.

Benjamin Follansbee received two Bronze stars and several other military medals and commendations.

“He was someone who never spoke about his achievements. He would be appalled that people were writing about him. He would want this to be about the Green Berets, the military‘s unsung quiet heroes,” his father said.

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