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NC native killed serving in Afghanistan

Posted May 29, 2011

— A Jacksonville native died Thursday while serving with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, and five other American soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device went off in the Kandahar province.

Also killed were 1st Lt. John M. Runkle, 27, of West Salem, Ohio; Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr., 29, of New Castle, Penn.; Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall, 25, of Bel Aire, Kan.; Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez, 39, of Camuy, Puerto Rico; and Spc. Adam J. Patton, 21, of Port Orchard, Wash.

Osman and his comrades were serving with the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

The Taliban launched its spring offensive on May 1 and has stepped up roadside bombings, suicide attacks and assaults on mountainous or rural military and police outposts.

Forty-four members of the international coalition fighting in Afghanistan have been killed this month, including at least 13 Americans. So far this year, 195 coalition troops have died in Afghanistan.


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  • weasel2 May 31, 2011

    My heart goes out to the families.
    Bring the guys and gals home. Place them on the border and in the transit areas. Start knocking down doors of illegals, make sure all people with visas are doing what their supposed to be doing and we will have a safer place to live.

  • Reason85 May 30, 2011

    Agreed. The mentality of the people in the region is not compatible with our 'mission' over there. They resent us, they don't want us there. We're bringing war and destruction to their land. The Taliban and other terrorists groups have a strong hold on the people, physically and mentally.

    Bring our guys home and stop wasting their lives on an impossible goal.

  • Just the facts mam May 30, 2011

    If Obama is not planning on winning this war, then bring our troops home. Will be sadly similar to a repeat of Vietnam, but either choose to win or come home. Deepest sympathies to the families!!!!!

  • granville93 May 30, 2011

    It is past time for America to come home. Nothing there worth the lives of our military.