Oklahoman among six soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

An Oklahoman from Heavener was among six soldiers killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
From Staff Reports Modified: December 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013

— A Heavener man was among six soldiers killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in Bahar, Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Thursday.

He was identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34.

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

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of these ‘Big Red One' soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general. “We stand ready to support them and I urge our community and the nation, while remembering their sacrifices this holiday season, to do the same.”

Also killed in the crash were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga.; Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind.; and Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss.

The Army on Thursday confirmed the soldiers died when their Black Hawk UH-60 went down Tuesday during a mission. One soldier survived the crash but his name was not released.

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