For Immediate Release: February 28, 2007
Senator Kenneth Corn
Senate Honors Fallen Poteau Soldier
The State Senate on Tuesday afternoon honored
Oklahoma soldier Buddy Hughie, who was killed last week on a
mission in Afghanistan.
Senate Resolution 12, authored by Senator Kenneth
Corn, was heard before the Senate and praised the heroism
of Sergeant Buddy Hughie and mourned his loss.
“There is no way we can ever repay Sergeant
Hughie for his sacrifice, and for his dedication to serve his
country,” said Sen. Corn, D-Poteau. “This man gave
his life to serve and we honor his sacrifice – I hope
this resolution in a small way can express our appreciation.”
A 2000 graduate of Poteau High School, Hughie
attended summer ROTC programs during high school and joined
the military as soon as he was eligible. Hughie’s first
overseas deployment was to Afghanistan in 2002 with the 1st
Battalion, 180th Infantry. Upon his return, he was sent to New
Orleans for 45 days to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. Along with his unit, Hughie saved the life of a woman
who had been trapped in her house for nearly two weeks.
Hughie was not required to redeploy to Afghanistan
but he had requested to return last summer as part of a multinational
task force supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. It was there
that Hughie was killed in an attempt to aid fallen comrades.
Hughie and his unit were providing security for
trainers and trainees with the Afghan National Army and the
United States Army 10th Mountain Division when they came under
small-arms and grenade fire. Hughie left his position in an
effort to provide medical aid to two fallen soldiers and was
shot and killed on February 19, 2007.
This marked the first time in more than a century
that the 180th Infantry Division, headquartered in Durant, had
lost a soldier in combat. Hughie is the second service member
from Poteau to die in the war and the fourth soldier from LeFlore
“Sgt. Hughie’s request to return
to Afghanistan is indicative of the dedication and passion for
service he exhibited throughout his life,” Corn said.
“He is a hero and will not be forgotten. He is an example
of the best that our state and our military have to offer.”
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office - (405) 521-5576