Oklahoma Army National Guard SGT Buddy James Hughie, 25, of Charleston, SC, was killed on February 19, 2007, in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.
Hughie was killed returning from an operation, when his joint force came under enemy small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. When the team got out to return fire, two Afghan army soldiers were wounded, and Hughie left his covered position to provide medical assistance. He was shot and killed during the rescue. Hughie was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 180th Infantry, Okalahoma Army National Guard, Ada, OK.
Hughie grew up in Poteau, OK, where he graduated from Poteau High School and was a member of the show choir and band.