The Norman Transcript

December 19, 2013

Oklahoma soldier among 6 killed in Afghanistan crash

Helicopter went down in southern Afghanistan

The Associated Press


The Department of Defense says an Oklahoma soldier is among six soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.

Officials said Thursday that five U.S. soldiers based at Fort Riley, Kan., and one based in Europe died on Tuesday from injuries they sustained in the crash. One soldier survived the crash.

Among those killed were 34-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings of Heavener. Billings was based at Fort Riley.

The four other Fort Riley soldiers were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sgt. Peter Bohler of Willow Spring, N.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Omar Forde of Marietta, Ga.; and Spc. Terry Gordon of Shubuta, Miss.

A sixth soldier, based in Vilseck, Germany, was identified as Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams of Elkhart, Ind.