A Fruitland soldier serving in Iraq with the 116th Brigade Combat Team died Sunday in a vehicle accident near Kirkuk.
Sgt. John B. Ogburn III , 45 , was killed when the Humvee he was riding in flipped as the driver tried to avoid hitting a civilian vehicle, military officials said. Ogburn was a member of the Oregon National Guard's 3rd Battalion, a unit of the 116th . Ogburn is the fifth soldier serving with the 116th to die in Iraq.
A California soldier detailed to the 116th died April 28 in Riyhad, Iraq, when an explosive device detonated near his patrol.
Sgt. Timothy C. Kiser, 37, of Tehama, Calif., was a member of the 340th Forward Support Battalion, 40th Infantry Division from Red Bluff, Calif.
The 116th, which is based at Boise's Gowen Field, deployed to Iraq in December on a yearlong mission.
In civilian life, Ogburn was employed at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore.
He had worked at the prison for three years .
Ogburn grew up in Ontario, where his father was a business owner and his mother a school teacher.
His parents, J.B. and Goldie Ogburn, are deceased.
He played football, wrestled and ran track, according to a biography released Wednesday by the Oregon National Guard. Ogburn attended Treasure Valley Community College, the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University.
"I am proud to be part of the family of the 116th Cavalry and supported at home by family friends and all my relatives, " Ogburn wrote in his biography.
Ogburn is survived by his sisters, Marilyn Ogburn and Kathy Blackmon .
On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski ordered all Oregon flags flown at half-staff in Ogburn's honor.
Kulongoski also ordered all flags at Oregon Department of Corrections facilities to fly at half-staff until Ogburn's funeral.