FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday recognized the sacrifice of six Fort Campbell soldiers who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, the soldiers died May 26 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.
Those who were killed were:
1st Lt. John M. Runkle, 27, of West Salem, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr., 29, of New Castle, Pa.
Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Jacksonville, N.C.
Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall, 25, of Bel Aire, Kan.
Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez, 39, of Camuy, Puerto Rico
Spc. Adam J. Patton, 21, of Port Orchard, Wash.
The governor has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of each soldier’s interment for which arrangements are still pending.