Defense Department identifies soldiers killed in helicopter crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Department of Defense has officially identified the seven National Guard soldiers who died Sept. 18 when the helicopter they were in crashed in southern Iraq.

Three Oklahoma National Guard troops and four from the Texas National Guard were among those killed in the crash near Tallil, Iraq. They previously have been identified in the media.

All seven were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, 36th Combat Brigade.

Their official names and hometowns of record were:

- 38-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Corry Edwards of Kennedale,

- 43-year-old Sgt. Daniel Eshbaugh of Norman;

- 37-year-old Sgt. Anthony Mason of Springtown Texas;

- 54-year-old 1st Sgt. Julio C. Ordonez of San Antonio;

- 37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Brady Rudolf of Oklahoma

- 23-year-old Cpl. Michael Thompson of Harrah; and

- 28-year-old 1st Lt. Robert Vallejo II of Richland Hills,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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