Okla. soldier one of six killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Oklahoma soldier one of six killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

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The Department of Defense announced Thursday that an Oklahoman was one of six soldiers killing in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The helicopter went down in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday. One of the soldiers was 34-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Randy L. Billings of Heavener.

According to the DOD, Billing was assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Fort Riley, Kan.

They also identified the other five soldiers killed in action:

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.
 
They were assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
 
Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
 
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
 
Spc. Terry K. D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss., assigned to 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Also killed was Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Silverman and Bowler were assigned to the same helicopter battalion as Billing.

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