DOD identifies Army casualties

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Department of Defense
News Release

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced the deaths of four Hawaii-based Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, April 24.

The Soldiers, all members of 2nd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, died April 20, in southwestern Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed.

U.S. Army-Hawaii mourns the following comrades:

 

Johnson

Johnson

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson

Johnson, 27, of San Diego, Calif., belonged to Company A, 2nd Bn., 25th Combat Avn. Regt. Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary medals, the Army Service Medal and the Aviator Badge. Posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Johnson joined the Army, Sept. 18, 2003, and became a UH-60 pilot, Dec. 12, 2008. OEF was his first deployment.

 

Shaffer

Shaffer

Sgt. Dean Shaffer

Shaffer, 23, of Pekin, Ill., belonged to Co. B, 2nd Bn., 25th Combat Avn. Regt. Shaffer’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Aviator Badge. Posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Shaffer joined the Army, June 12, 2007, as a UH-60 Black Hawk repairer. OEF was his second deployment.

 

Viray

Viray

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray

Viray, 25, of Waipahu, Hawaii, belonged to Co. A, 2nd Bn., 25th Combat Avn. Regt. Viray’s awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge and the Aviator Badge. Posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Viray joined the Army, June 26, 2007, as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot. OEF was his second deployment.

 

Workman

Workman

Sgt. Chris Workman

Workman, 33, of Boise, Idaho, belonged to Co. A, 2nd Bn., 25th Combat Avn. Regt. Workman’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Basic Parachutist Badge. Posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Workman joined the Army, Nov. 24, 2009, as a chemical operations specialist. OEF was his third deployment.

 

“Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of our fallen heroes,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID. “Although the 25th CAB family has suffered a huge loss, they still continue their mission with the utmost courage and resolve.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

A memorial ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m., May 9, at the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel.

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