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Pentagon releases names of 6 Soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

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Just moments ago, the Department of Defense named the six U.S. Soldiers who were killed in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2013, when their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed.

The military is investigating the incident, although insurgent activity is not suspected.

There was one survivor of the crash. That Soldier's name was not released and medical status is unknown.

Five of the six men killed were from Fort Riley, Kan.

Killed in the crash were:

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla.,

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

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

All three Soldiers were 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 also out of Fort Riley.

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 was also based at Fort Riley, Kan.

More information on CWO2 Billings, CWO2 Silverman, SFC Forde, Sgt. Bohler and Spc. Gordon is available to media sources by calling the 1st Infantry Division public affairs office at Fort Riley, 785-240-1796.

Additional information on SSG Williams is available by calling the U.S. Army Europe public affairs office at 011-49-162-271-6685.

Both Public Affairs offices will have information regarding previous deployments, commendations, and marital status for the Soldiers.

Examiner's Note: Meanwhile at home, the dust-up over Duck Dynasty continues. Rest in peace brave heroes.

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