The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. The incident is pending investigation.

Killed were:

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

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

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

They 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, Fort Riley, Kan.

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, Fort Riley, Kan.

For more information on Billings, Silverman, Forde, Bohler or Gordon, media may contact the 1st Infantry Division public affairs office at 785-240-1796.

For more information on Williams, media may contact the U.S. Army Europe public affairs office at 011-49-162-271-6685.


  1. At the request of LTC (ret) Bill Bewley, President of the 2d Cav Association, I, along with Ron Coleman, attended the funeral of SSG Williams. I also presented his mother and father with gifts from the association. The gift was a set of (boxed for the mother) gold Combat Spurs and a certificate of his election to the Order of the Spur. The funeral on 3 Jan 2014 in Elkhart, IN, was with full military honors. BG William Scott was the ranking officer and handled the funeral with great skill and compassion. There were approximately 500-700 (my estimation) present for the funeral. SSG Williams was sent to Fiddler’s Green with full honors. The graveside military ceremony was done reverently, despite the severely cold weather at the time. Hopefully, this is the last 2d Cavalry trooper that will be so honored. Bill Bewely said his name will be the 75th on the monument in Vilseck.

    • Bob,
      Thank you for attending the funeral of SSG Williams as a representative of the 2d Cavalry Association. Likely one of the more difficult things you will ever be asked to do.

      In July 2010, I was asked to attend the funeral of 1LT Robert Bennedsen, the 2d Cavalry’s first combat loss in Afghanistan. As the Regiment hadn’t been in country very long, I was unsure if LT Bennedsen had been awarded his combat spurs yet, so I picked up a set to present to his family, which the great folks at CAVHOOAH.COM had in my hands early the next morning. They also donated combat spurs for every Fallen Dragoon during that deployment.

      The spurs were presented to Mrs. Bennedsen by the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment at the time, Beau Bergeron, whom I was riding shotgun with. Thus began our tradition of presenting combat spurs to the family.

      Unfortunately we have another to attend before the rest of Regiment comes home.

      Dragoon For Life!

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