US Army Releases Names of the 6 Soldiers Died in Chopper Crash in Afghanistan

Posted: December 20, 2013 in Daily incidents, Stories

By Mustafa Kazemi

    Forward Operating Base Delaram (Afghanistan) – The United States Army released the names of 4 soldiers and 2 pilots who died Dec 17 in southern Zabul province when their UH-60 helicopter crashed, killing all aboard.

Initial reporting indicated an engine failure being the cause of the crash, but various controversial comments from officials including one from Defense Department said the chopper was either fired at, or the soldiers were killed by enemy fire. Department of Defense says their investigations are still ongoing and no definite conclusion can be drawn on the certain cause of the crash.

Killed soldiers are identified as:

 
 

 

Assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas:

  1. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona

Airmen & flight crew

  1. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Oklahoma
  1. Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, North Carolina

Assigned to other units:

  1. Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Georgia., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
  1. Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
  1. 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, Kansas

 

 
 

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