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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."
Sgt. John Banks Ogburn III
Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard