Fort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died July 23rd when he was swept away by the current when a levee broke near his military vehicle during a patrol in the Paktika province, Afghanistan.
Pfc. James J. Oquin, Jr., 20, of El Paso, Texas, was an infantryman assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2009.
His awards and decorations include: Army Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).
Oquin is survived by his wife, Patricia B. Oquin of Fabens, Texas; mother, Michaela Oquin of El Paso, Texas; and father, James Oquin, also of El Paso, Texas.
A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony. The next ceremony will be held Aug. 11th at 4:00pm at the Family Readiness Center.