Sunday, July 17, 2011

US Special Forces Staff Sgt. Wyatt Goldsmith

US Green Beret, Staff Sergeant Wyatt A. Goldsmith, died on 15th July 2011 at Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan after he was injured when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenade fire in Helmand province, Afghanistan. SSgt. Goldsmith, age 28, from Colville, Washington, served with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

SSgt. Goldsmith joined the Army in June 2004 as a Special Forces recruit. In October 2004, on completion of basic training, advanced individual training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

Goldsmith attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 2005 and was selected to continue his training as medical sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He is survived by his parents John and Lorie Goldsmith of Colville, Washington and his sister Nicole.

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