OKLAHOMA CITY - An aide to U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin says three Oklahoma National Guardsmen are among seven soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in southern Iraq. At least two of those soldiers have local ties.
37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Brady Rudolf of Moore, has ties to Durant, 23-year-old Corporal Michael Thompson of Kingston, and 43-year-old Sergeant Dan Eshbaugh are among those who were killed.
The Oklahoma National Guard says the men were from the 149th Aviation Division, based in Lexington, Oklahoma.
Four soldiers from Texas were also killed in that crash.
The Military says the CH-47 Chinook was flying to a military base at Balad when it crashed in the desert about 60 miles west of Basra.
A Pentagon official said the cause of the crash appears to be mechanical, not the result of hostile fire.
Kingston FD honoring local soldiers
The Kingston Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a ribbon making event in honor of Michael Thompson and all those still in active duty.
If you would like to participate they will begin at three o’clock this Sunday in downtown Kingston on Main Street. They are meeting under the tree next to the pharmacy on Main Street.
They are in need of yellow ribbon. Donations are welcome.
Ribbon Benefit in Honor of our Troops
Sunday September 21st
Main Street, Kingston, OK
The Associated Press contributed to this report.