24 February 2007,
Another Fallen ComradeSgt Buddy "Doc" Hughie died this last week. He was in the Nuristan Province on a mission. On the return to base Sgt Hughie's convoy was ambushed. During the battle it was determined that the ANA soldiers at the front of the convoy where about to come under mortar attack. Sgt Hughie volunteered to go forward, away from cover to warn his brothers in arms.
As Brigadier General Douglas Pritt said tonight at the ceremony, "Sgt Hughie died the same way he lived his life, volunteering one more time to go forward." This was Sgt Hughie's second tour here in Afghanistan and he had mentioned going to Iraq with the Oklahoma National Guard next year, because he believed in the mission, believed in the purpose. This is the first lost of a soldier to combat for the 1-180th Infantry Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade. He was well like, well respected and will be missed. May God bring comfort to his wife and 4 month old son. Our prayers are with them.