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Southern California Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Tyler Holtz
Sgt. Tyler Holtz

Army Sgt. Tyler N. Holtz of Dana Point, California was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to the Department of Defense. The 22-year-old Holtz lost his life when Afghan insurgents in Wardak province attacked his unit using small arms fire.

The News Tribune reports Holtz is survived by his parents, Andrew and Karen Holtz, and three brothers.

Holtz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. According to Lt. Col. David Hodne, commander of the Lewis-McChord-based Ranger battalion:


The website reports Holtz was a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Orange County, where he played football all four years.

Holtz's Facebook page is filled with a lot of interesting information about the late Army Ranger. He supported the non-profit groups Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Yes for State Parks. Holtz showed off his sense of humor on his Facebook page by belonging to the group "Women Bringing You Sandwiches." He was also a fan of the Dana Point-based Metal band "Bind Your Wounds."