Ochsner, James S., SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18F40-Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 18F40, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1987 - 2005
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces
Sergeant First Class

Five Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Hope Mills, NC

Casualty Date
Nov 15, 2005
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

82nd Airbone Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
GWOT Fallen
  2005, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)Air Assault Badge
Special Forces
Canada - Jump Wings Basic

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 14th Field Artillery3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne DivisionSpecial Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1988-1991, 13B10, 2nd Battalion, 14th Field Artillery
  1991-2000, 11B10, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  2000-2001, 11B20, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
  2001-2004, 18E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  2004-2005, 18F40, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
  2001-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2002-2005 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. 1st Class James S. Ochsner,36, a Special Forces intelligence sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group(Airborne) at Fort Bragg, died Nov. 15, 2005, as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device which detonated while Ochsner was riding in an Up-Armored Humvee near Lawara, Afghanistan. He was in the process of distributing supplies to local nationals at the time of the attack
Ochsner, a resident of Hope Mills, N.C., enlisted as an artilleryman in 1987.
His first assignment was with 2nd Bn., 14th Field Artillery in Bamburg, Germany where he served for three years. Ochsner then reclassified as an infantryman and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. where he participated in Operation Desert Storm and completed a tour in the Sinai Peninsula and South Korea before he volunteered as a Special Forces Soldier.
He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2001 and was assigned that year to 2nd Bn., 3rd SFG, as a Special Forces communications sergeant. In 2004, he graduated from the Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course. He then returned to 2nd Bn., 3rd SFG and was serving on his fourth combat tour to Afghanistan as an SF intelligence sergeant upon his  death.
Ochsner's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal for valor, Army Commendation Medal for service, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO ProfessionalDevelopment Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Multination Force Observers Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge,  Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and  Mechanic Badges, and the Special Forces Tab. His posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, his son, Nicholas, and daughter, Meagan of Hope Mills. His parents, Robert and Sandra, of Beach Park, Ill, also survive Ochsner.
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