Oklahoma Army National Guard To Honor Two Fallen Soldiers

Friday, August 17th 2012, 12:29 pm
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Army National Guard on Saturday will induct two fallen soldiers into the Oklahoma Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Both soldiers, Oklahoma National Guard 1st Lt. Damon T. Leehan, of Moore, and 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy, of Edmond, were killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Regional Training Institute.

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Leehan, 30, was killed on August 14, 2011, when a military vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device. Leehan was the sixth Oklahoma National Guard soldier killed in combat during the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

Leehan was a platoon leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry, 45th IBCT, which is headquartered in Edmond. He graduated from Oklahoma OCS in 2008.

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Ewy, 33, was killed on July 29, 2011, while conducting a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan. He was the first of 14 Oklahoma Guardsmen killed in combat during the 45th IBCT's deployment in 2011.

Ewy was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, 45th IBCT, headquartered in Vinita. He graduated from Oklahoma OCS in 2010.

Saturday's induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with the graduation of OCS's newest classes.