In Memory of SFC Brett Eugene Walden
SFC Brett Eugene Walden, 40, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was KIA during a convoy mission in Ra'Biah, Iraq on August 5, 2005. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was a native of Amarillio, Texas and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida with his family when in his teens. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School where he played football and participated in Junior ROTC.
Walden enlisted as an infantryman in February, 1987. He served as an infantryman in Hawaii from 1987 to 1992. He then served with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky until 1997. After a year with 1st Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Walden attended the Special Forces Qualification Course, graduating in 2000. He arrived at Fort Campbell November 20, 2000, and has served as a weapons sergeant with 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group since May, 2001. With 5th SFG he spent one tour of duty in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and recently he began his fourth tour of duty in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His military awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry
Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation
Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Armed Forces
Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
Ribbon 3rd award, The Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal,
the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Special
Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. His
posthumous awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal
and the Purple Heart.
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mourned". York Daily Record.
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