Friday, July 29, 2011

Army Spc. Augustus J. Vicari

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Augustus J. Vicari, 22, of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Spc Augustus was assigned to 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.; died July 29, 2011 in Paktya province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy.

Services pending for soldiers in last week's attack
Funeral services are still pending for two Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last Friday.

Second Lt. Jered W. Ewy, 33, of Edmond and Spc. Augustus J. Vicari, 22, of Broken Arrow were killed in a bomb attack while conducting a dismounted patrol in Janak Kheyl, Afghanistan.

Both were attached to the Sand Springs-based 279th Infantry Regiment of the Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Although Vicari lived in Broken Arrow, his funeral services will be held in his native Indiana. He grew up in Lowell, Ind., which is about 35 miles south of Chicago.

After graduating from Lowell High School in 2008, Vicari and his fiancée, Holly Peters, moved to Oklahoma, settling in Broken Arrow.

Evelyn Vicari, the soldier's mother, described her son as an adventuresome person, so she encouraged him to move from Lowell to discover what life was like elsewhere.

Vicari and Peters were married last Sept. 25 in Lowell.

Holly Vicari said she and her husband chose Broken Arrow as their new home largely at the suggestion of her father, Charles Peters, a retired Army sergeant first class.

"My dad had moved to Broken Arrow a couple of years ago, and he said it was beautiful there," she said.

"We loved living in Oklahoma."

While in Broken Arrow, Augustus Vicari was a supervisor for a company that performed maintenance work for Tulsa's Woodland Hills Mall, she said.

He joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard because "it was something he was thinking of doing for a long time, and he felt the time had come," she said.

Holly Vicari said her husband left for Afghanistan in the third week of June.

Army Spc. Augustus J. Vicari was killed in action on 7/29/11.

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