Walz, Christopher I., PFC

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Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-Present, 11B10, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
2008 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Vancouver, WA

Casualty Date
Oct 27, 2009
Hostile, Died of Wounds
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec 8-MM Row 1 Site 1

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 7824, Vancouver PostGWOT Fallen
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7824, Vancouver Post (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Vancouver, Washington) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
  2008-Present, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  2008-Present, 11B10, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)
 Colleges Attended 
Clark College
  2004-2007, Clark College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Vancouver family of dead soldier returns from Dover, meeting with Obama

By Michael Russell, The Oregonian

October 29, 2009, 9:52PM
ian.walz.crop.JPGChristopher "Ian" Walz The Vancouver family of a U.S. Army soldier killed in Afghanistan was among those gathered to greet 18 returning American bodies and meet with President Barack Obama at Dover Air Force Base, Del. early Thursday.

Pfc. Christopher "Ian" Walz was one of a record number of Americans killed in action in Afghanistan this month. His family, including mother Victoria Walz, aunt Donna Walz and ex-wife, Katrina Walz, traveled to the East Coast Wednesday for the ceremonial transfer of the body.

President Barack Obama flew by military helicopter to Dover unexpectedly Wednesday night to witness the return of the fallen soldiers. Obama then met with relatives, including Walz's family, at a nearby chapel.

Donna Walz said the President "was genuine, very genuine." Exhausted after two sleepless nights in a row, she described the ceremony and meeting as "a blur."

"It was surreal," said Katrina Walz, who divorced from Walz in June of this year. She was listed among his next of kin and said she remained close.

"He would have been really proud," Katrina Walz said. "He really liked Obama."

Walz graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 2002 and earned an associate degree from Clark College. He wanted to become a history teacher or police officer after leaving the army, his family said.

In Vancouver, Walz's fiancee Madeline Damore  fought back tears as family and friends passed around photos and talked about Walz's kind way with children, his support of Obama and his contagious sense of humor.

"His laugh was classic -- loud, obnoxious," said cousin, Kim Goldfinch. "He made everyone else laugh in the room."

Damore said she and Walz met while working at a WinCo grocery store in Hazel Dell. He proposed to her on New Year's Eve, after a lover's spat, she said.

Goldfinch shared a printout of an "about me" note that Walz had posted to his MySpace page, detailing why he decided to enlist.

"A lot of people ask why I joined the ARMY. I tell them that I feel it's important to serve my country, plus my 21,000 bonus and 40,000 for school doesn't hurt either, lol" Walz wrote.

He said he hoped to finish a degree in political science, travel the world, then start a career in teaching.

Last Wednesday, Walz told friends and family that he was going on a six-day mission, and that he would call when he returned to base.

According to the Department of Defense, Walz was one of seven U.S. soldiers who died after their armored vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Arghandab Valley near Kandahar province.

The soldiers were part of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based in Fort Lewis, a fort spokesman confirmed.

Another soldier died Tuesday in a separate bomb attack. Eleven soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Administration agents died Monday in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month for the U.S. war there.
-- Michael Russell
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