2 local soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email
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.

Chief Warrant Officer Brady Rudolf (left), and Corporal Michael Thompson

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.

Friends, family remember fallen Okla. soldiers

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
3 p.m.
Main Street, Kingston, OK

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • by Kaitlyn Location: Elk City on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    I lived in Madill towards Kingston as you all know. We saw an American Flags,ribbons,pictures,and large traffic jams all for Mikey T.
  • by michael c Location: joshua tx on Sep 27, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    I graduated with Brady,I always joked with Brady telling him he was my hero,He truly is a HERO.My condolencaes to the familly.R.I.P bro
  • by Resident Location: Kingston on Sep 25, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    This young mans body just came through town and the streets were lined with people flying the great flag of the USA. This young man died defending that flag and what it stands for not a red, white and green flag. The only flag that should be allowed to be flown in our country is the one that he died fighting for. RED, WHITE AND BLUE.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Sep 25, 2008 at 09:07 AM
    This fine young man is coming home today.
  • by roger Location: grayson on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    I didn't know these young men, but I thank them for the service and the sacrafice. BRING HOME THE TROOPS ALIVE.
  • by Chris W Location: Kingston on Sep 22, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    Michael will be missed by all of us at KHS. He was a hero in life and will forever be a hero in his death. His sacrifice will long be remembered. Our prayers go out to his family. May God keep you and bless you as you mourn the passing of a great American.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    we will miss you mickey t!!
  • by looney family Location: willis on Sep 21, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    Thanks you michael for what you have done for us all most people dont understand freedom is paid for with blood it isnt free thanks for paying the ultimate price for me and my family
  • by mary Location: madill on Sep 21, 2008 at 04:06 PM
    Thanks to mikey and all the others boys that lost the lives they had guts that we can say they served their country with pride no matter what GOD BLESS THEM they well be missed
  • by Fellow Veteran Location: Ft. Sill, Ok on Sep 21, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    My heart goes out to the families and friends of these fine young men. I am a 13 year veteran of the Army Reserve and am currently on my second deployment. I consider these men brothers even though I have never met any of them. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen put themselves in harm's way everyday for the benefit of those they love at home, the love of their country and the privelege of serving alongside this nation's finest men and women. They wouldn't have it any other way. I consider myself lucky to be a part of something larger than myself and even luckier to be able to call these men brothers. May God guide those who knew them through these tough times and may they find a small amount of comfort in knowing that their soldier's sacrifice, while tragic, has not been in vain. This great nation is stronger for having such men in our military just as I'm sure those of you who knew them are better people for having done so. My thoughts and prayers are with you.God bless us all.
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