Pentagon identifies three fallen soldiers from Germany-based regiment
October 3, 2007
Three soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) Regiment killed in Iraq have been identified by the Pentagon.
Sgt. 1st Class Randy L. Johnson, 34, of Washington, died Thursday in Baghdad of injuries sustained when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. Johnson was a member of the regiment’s 2nd Squadron.
Sgt. Robert T. Ayres III, 23, of Los Angeles, died Saturday in Baghdad of wounds sustained when he and his unit came under small-arms attack. He was assigned to the regiment’s 3rd Squadron, the Pentagon said.
Sgt. Randell Olguin, 24, of Ralls, Texas, died Sunday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire. He was assigned to the regiment’s 1st Squadron, according to the Pentagon.
The three men, along with close to 4,000 other Stryker soldiers, deployed to Iraq from Vilseck, Germany, in August. Johnson, Ayres and Olguin are the second, third and fourth members of the 2SCR to be killed during this deployment.
A memorial ceremony for Johnson will be held at the Vilseck chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Members of the community, friends and family are all welcome to attend, said a spokesman from the Vilseck public affairs office.
Ceremonies for Ayers and Olguin have not yet been scheduled.