Fallen soldiers honored for their sacrifice
OKLAHOMA CITY—Two Oklahoma soldiers who lost their lives last year are being honored for their heroic efforts.
1st Lt. Damon Leehan and 2nd Lt. Jered Ewy made the ultimate sacrifice for their country while being deployed in Afghanistan.
Leehan, of Moore, was killed back in August 2011 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
Ewy died on July 29, 2011 while on patrol.
Saturday, both men were inducted into the Oklahoma Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
Organizers say it was a way to honor the contributions to the Army both soldiers made while serving in Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Chuck Booze, former commander of the 1st Batt. 279 Infantry, said, “It’s a tremendous honor for Jered and Leehan; just shows the entire backing of the state and the Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade for these young soldiers and their families. It’s also a great example for the young officers who will be following in their footsteps, who will be taking leadership roles in our organization. “
The Hall of Fame ceremony took place during graduation ceremonies for the next class of leaders.