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E. Washington man among four soldiers killed in crash

Post by Scott Fontaine on Jan. 29, 2009 at 8:00 am with No Comments »
January 29, 2009 8:00 am

A 29-year-old Colville man was among four soldiers killed Monday when two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters crashed in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin H. Todd, 29, was serving in Iraq with the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment – a unit of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Also killed was 31-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Tillery of Beaverton, Ore.

The military said the crashed don’t appear to be caused by enemy fire. The accident is under investigation.

Todd, who is survived by a wife and child, is the 310th Washington soldier — one who was either stationed here or has listed this as his or her home state — to die while deployed since Sept. 11, 2001.

He joined the Army in October 2000 and completed warrant officer training in 2005. He was assigned to Fort Drum in November 2007 and deployed to Iraq 11 months later.

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He was also posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

Chief Warrant Officer Philip E. Windorski of Bovey, Minn., and Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Kelley of Cameron, Mo., also died in the crash.

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