The Edmond Sun

August 5, 2011

4th Oklahoma soldier killed in Afghanistan in 1 week


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Department of Defense has released the name of an Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.  

Sgt. Anthony Del Mar Peterson, of Chelsea, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, was killed Thursday when he was struck by small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol in Paktia Province. Peterson was 24 years old.

Another Soldier was injured in the incident and is currently hospitalized. The injured Soldier’s family has been notified by military officials. Peterson previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2006-07.

“Oklahoma has lost another brave son,” said Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “Sgt. Peterson was an exceptional Soldier who worked tirelessly to protect the values that we as Americans hold close to our hearts. I ask for all Oklahomans to pray for his family and friends as they deal with this tragedy.”

Peterson was the fourth Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldier killed in Paktia Province since last Friday.

“Sgt. Peterson was an excellent NCO (non-commissioned officer) and a committed Soldier,” said Col. Joel Ward, the commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “He cared very deeply about the men in his unit and he was respected by all who served with him.”

Second Lt. Jered W. Ewy, 33, of Edmond, and Spc. Augustus J. Vicari, 22, of Broken Arrow, died while conducting a dismounted patrol in Janak Khetl and Staff Sgt. Kirk Owen, of Sapulpa, was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Lajah District of Paktia Province.

The 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, which is currently made up of more than 800 Soldiers, deployed to Afghanistan in June as part of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard.