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Army Ranger from Orange County killed in Afghanistan

September 26, 2011 |  2:31 pm

Holtz A U.S. Army Ranger from Orange County has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced.

Sgt. Tyler Nicholas Holtz, 22, was killed Saturday in Wardak province while leading an assault against a Taliban position.

Holtz was mortally wounded by small arms fire during a heavy firefight, the Army said. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

Born in the city of Orange and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Holtz was on his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

"Tyler Holtz personified the Ranger creed to the final moments of his life and his actions inspire us to do the same," said Lt. Col. David Hodne, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Holtz is survived by his father, Andrew Holtz of Capistrano Beach; his mother, Karen Holtz, of Dana Point; and his three brothers Luke, Hayden and Michael, all of Dana Point.

"Sgt. Holtz had the stuff from which legends are made," said Col. Mark Odom, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.


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Photo: Sgt. Tyler Holtz. Credit: U.S. Army