US Army Sergeant Tyler N. Holtz, from Dana Point, California, was killed in action on 24th September 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.
22-year-old Sgt. Holtz served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He joined the Army in October 2007 and served as a rifleman and Ranger Team Leader. This was his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and Joint Service Achievement Medal.
He leaves his parents, Andrew and Karen and three brothers Luke, Hayden and Michael.