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DoD identifies 6 soldiers killed in helo crash

Dec. 19, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  

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Five of the six soldiers in Tuesday's UH-60 crash were from Fort Riley, Kansas. (Army)

The Defense Department has identified the six soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were killed Tuesday in Now Bahar of injuries from the crash.

The crash is under investigation. There was no word immediately on the cause.

Killed were:

• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla., assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz., assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

• Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C., 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.

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