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LeFlore County soldier killed in military helicopter crash

December 19, 2013

The Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan killing six U.S. soldiers Tuesday was piloted by a LeFlore County native.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, and five other soldiers died when their Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk crashed Tuesday in Now Bahar in southern Afghanistan while serving with NATO forces. The Pentagon said the crash remained under investigation.
Billings' Facebook page listed his hometown as Poteau and said he had attended high school in Heavener.
Billings was married and has family living in Heavener.
Five of the men, including Billings, were assigned to Fort Riley, Kan, the Defense Department said Thursday in releasing their identities.
Billings served with Company B, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st CAB, 1st Infantry Division.
The pentagon is investigating whether the men died in the crash or in an enemy attack after the crash, according to CNN.
Also killed in the crash were:
• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, Arizona, of Co. B, 3rd AHB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., Fort Riley.
• Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, Marietta, GA, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., Fort Riley.
• Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, Willow Spring, NC, of Co. B, 3rd AHB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., Fort Riley.
• Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, Shubuta, MS, of Company E, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., Fort Riley,.
• Also killed was Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

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