FRUITLAND, ID, USA U.S. Army SSG, COMPANY A, 3D BATTALION, 116TH CALVARY, (TF LIBERTY), ONTARIO, OR KIRKUK, IRAQ 05/22/2005
John Ogburn III was born July 19, 1958 in Ontario, Oregon. He attended grades 1-12 in Ontario’s public school system. He participated in such extracurricular activities as football, wrestling, track, and additional scholastics.
After his graduation, Ogburn pursued a two-year Social Sciences degree at Treasure Valley Community College, before taking a one-year break to do geological field work at Delmar Silver Mine in Idaho’s Owyhee Mountains. He returned to college the following year, transferring to the University of Oregon. He spent two years at U of O majoring in Social Science and minoring in geology.
John then returned to Ontario to help his father in the family business and worked as an assistant manager in at the Red Apple Marketplace in Ontario. He continued his education with Eastern Oregon University. From there, he began a career as a correctional officer for the state of Oregon in 2001.
Ogburn enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard as an Artillery Surveyor (82C) in 1989, transferred to the Idaho Army National Guard in 1996 where he worked as a member of the fire support echelon and S3, then transferred back to the Oregon Army National Guard in 2001.
He has been awarded the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, two Idaho Reenlistment Ribbons and the Idaho Service Ribbon.
At this time, he has been submitted for an Oregon Faithful Service Ribbon and an Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon as a result of his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.