Sgt. Tyler N. Holtz 2/75th RGR RGT


Verified SOF
Feb 22, 2008
Seattle & LA
SOF Mentor

The News Tribune said:
An Army Ranger from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in a firefight Saturday while he led an assault against an enemy position in Afghanistan's Wardak Province, the U.S. Special Operations Command announced today.
Sgt. Tyler Holtz, 22, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was serving on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.
His commanders praised him as an elite soldier in a news release from the Special Operations Command.
Holtz "was a courageous and incredibly talented Ranger who died while leading his men against determined insurgents," said Lt. Col. David Hodne, commander of the Lewis-McChord-based Ranger battalion. "Tyler Holtz personified the Ranger Creed to the final moments of his life and his actions inspire us to do the same."
Holtz joined the Army in October 2007 after he graduated from Mater Dei High School, a Catholic school in Santa Ana, Calif. He graduated from the Army's Ranger program in 2008, and joined the Lewis-McChord battalion in July of that year.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and Joint Service Achievement Medal.
Holtz "had the stuff from which legends are made and possessed the character which makes up the foundations that our Army and nation are built on," said Col. Mark Odom, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Holtz is survived by his father, Andrew Holtz of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; his mother, Karen Holtz, and his three brothers, all of Dana Point, Calif.

Rest easy brother. RLTW.