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.


James Ochsner attended Clark Elementary and Andrew Cook Magnet schools in Waukegan, Illinois.  He later attended St. Joseph High School in Kenosha.  He participated in wrestling and football.

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.

News Articles About SFC Oshner.

November 16, 2005.  "DOD Identifies Army casualty".  US DoD News Release.

November 16, 2005.  "Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan".  USASOC News Service.

November 16, 2005.  "Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan".

November 16, 2005.  "Waukegan Soldier Dies In Afghanistan".

November 17, 2005.  "Waukegan soldier killed in Afghanistan".  KWQC TV 6.

November 17, 2005.  "Soldier was due home next week".  Chicago Sun-Times.

November 18, 2005.  "N.C. servicemen killed in action".  The News & Observer.

November 18, 2005.  "Waukegan Green Beret dies".  The News Sun Online.

November 18, 2005.  "Soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this week is identified".  Stars and Stripes.

November 28, 2005.  "The thankful tree".  The Washington Times.

Websites Honoring SFC Ochsner.

Legacy Guest Book for SFC Ochsner.

James Scott Ochsner.  Special Forces Search Engine.

Honor the fallen.

Alumni Section of Saint Joseph High School.

Tribute from U.S. Congressman Mark Steven Kirk.

Waukegan Heros.

American Heroes' Memorial.

Fallen Hero's Memorial.




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