Pfc Christopher Ian Walz
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.
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