In Memory of SFC James S. Oshner
|Sergeant First Class James S. Ochsner, 36,
of Waukegan, Illinois, died in the vicinity of Lawara, Afghanistan, on November 15,
2005 when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his HMMWV
during a supply distribution mission. Ochsner was assigned to the
as an Intelligence Sergeant to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was on his fourth tour in Afghanistan. He had one week
remaining in his tour.
He enlisted in the Army in 1987 as an artilleryman. SFC Ochsner also deployed to the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 as an Army specialist. He joined 3rd SFG in July 2002. He was an 18-year veteran of the Army.
His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, Army Commendation Medal for valor, Army Commendation Medal for service, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badges, and the Special Forces Tab.
His father served in Special Forces and his brother is stationed at Fort Knox and is also a member of Special Forces. His mother was an Army Sergeant.
He is survived by his wife who is also a member of the Army, a son, and a daughter. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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