FORT LEWIS, Wash. – According to the Dept. of Defense, Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, 21, of Shasta, Calif., died Aug. 31 in southern Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
According to unit records, Walshe enlisted on enlisted October 26, 2006 at Portland, Oregon. He reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training on Nov. 17, 2006. Upon graduation, he reported Fort Lewis, Wa. on March 17, 2007, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry
Division. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009. This was his first deployment.
Walshe’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2006), and the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman qualification course (2007).
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon, and Combat Infantryman Badge. On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Walshe.