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May 25, 2005
Guard soldier dies in vehicle rollover in Iraq
 
The entire Oregon National Guard community mourns the loss of another of our citizen-soldiers.
 
Sgt. John Banks Ogburn III assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard died May 22, in Kirkuk, Iraq when his HMMWV flipped when the driver tried to avoid striking a civilian vehicle.
 
His parents preceded him in death. Ogburn is survived by his sisters Marilyn Ogburn and Kathy Blackmon 
 
In a brief bio he wrote he stated:
 
"I was born on the 19th of July 1959, the youngest of four children to J.B. and Goldie Ogburn in Ontario, Ore. My father was a local business owner and mother was a school teacher. I attended grades 1-12 in Ontario's public school system. I participated in such extra curricular activities as football, wrestling, track and additional scholastics.
 
I graduated and worked on a two year social sciences degree and track program at Treasure Valley Community College. I took one year away from college doing geology field work at the Delamar Silver Mine in Idaho's Owyhee Mountains. I returned to college the following year transferring to the University of Oregon. I then spent two years at U of O majoring in social science and minoring in geology.
 
I then returned to Ontario to help my father in the family business and working as an assistant manager in a local retail store. Conciding with continuing my education with Eastern Oregon University Via Treasure Valley Community College. From there I moved in on a civilian career as a corrections officer in the State of Oregon in 2001.
 
I jointed the Oregon Army National Guard in January 1989. Completed Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Sill, OK in July as an Artillery Surveyor. I continued my military education with a field artillery and M1-A1 Armor Crewman. I worked in the 116th Brigade Combat Team fire support echelon and Brigade Training section. I returned to the Oregon National Guard in Oct. 2001. I am currently with A Company, 3-116 Cavalry. I am proud to be part of the family of the 116th Cavalry and supported at home by family friends and all my relatives."
 
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Sgt. John Banks Ogburn III
 
 
Contact:
 
Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard
 503-584-3917
503-931-5179