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Pfc Christopher Ian Walz

October 30th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Born: June 3, 1984 in Vancouver, Washington
Died: October 27, 2009 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan

Pfc. Christopher I. Walz of Vancouver, Washington was a 2002 graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School where he was a member of the football team. Known mostly by his middle name, ‘Ian’, he was also a graduate from Clark College. Ian wanted to get a political science degree while in the Army by using his education benefits. After the Army, he had hoped to become a police officer and perhaps later, a history or political science teacher. Ian was a proud Obama backer during his presidential campaign. He used a great deal of his money attending Obama rallies and was the first to have the Obama t-shirt. And he could quote McArthur and Stalin and people back to the civil war. He’d read every book one could imagine. He literally had 200 books on this history of conflicts all throughout the world. Loved world politics. As early as high school, Ian was already addicted to watching CNN. Ian was deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2009 and this was his first deployment. He is survived by his wife and extended family in Vancouver. Ian died at age 25 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. His civilian and military education includes an Associate Degree in General Studies from Clark College, and the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman Qualification Course. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Ian was among eight soldiers from Fort Lewis who were killed in action. Also killed were Sgt. Fernando Delarosa, Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez, Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, Sgt. Issac B. Jackson, Spc. Jared D. Stanker and Sgt. Patrick O. Williamson.

1st Battalion
17th Infantry Regiment
5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team
2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis, Washington

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 8-MM Row 1 Site 1

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  1. worldchamp38
    November 13th, 2009 at 18:24 | #1

    I seen Ian at the bar while he was on his 2 week R&R he told me that he was on his leave and was very proud of his job. He told me that he is the grunt and the rest are all pogues I had no idea that would be the last I ever see him. I knew him since we were kids . Apparently he died within 10 of him returning . thats when the war became very real I went to Iraq but was fortunate enough to have not lost anyone you will be missed Ian

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