A Marietta native has died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials say.
Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
In a news release, the Department of Defense says Forde was one of six killed Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. The incident is pending investigation, the Army says.
Also aboard the helicopter: 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.
The two remaining victims were 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.