Saturday, June 21, 2008

Army Lt. Col. James J. Walton

Remember Our Heroes

Army Lt. Col. James J. Walton, 41, of Rockville, Md.

Lt. Col. Walton was assigned to a Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died June 21, 2008 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. Also killed were Spc. Anthony L. Mangano, Sgt. Nelson D. Ramirez Rodriguez and Sgt. Andrew Seabrooks.

Soldier from Rockville killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A Rockville soldier was one of four killed in Afghanistan when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, Pentagon officials said.

Forty-one-year-old Lt. Col. James J. Walton was assigned to a Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kan. He died Saturday when a roadside bomb hit a coalition convoy in Kandahar, the Defense Department said.

Walton joined the Army in 1989, and this was his second deployment in the war on global terror, a Fort Riley spokeswoman said.

Joseph Moschler of Midlothian, Va., said Walton was married to his daughter, Sarah Walton of Arlington, Va. He said the couple last saw each other in December 2007 before Walton’s deployment.

“We’re still trying to deal with it,” Moschler said in a phone interview.

“He was a wonderful man, a real professional soldier and he was doing what he wanted to do,” Moschler said. “He was a graduate of West Point, he had 20 years of service, and he felt a real call to serve his government and his country — and he did it and never complained.”

Army Lt. Col. James J. Walton was killed in action on 6/21/08.

1 comment:

Mowers said...

I served with LTC Walton during the train-up and initial deployment up in Kabul. It pains me often to know this great guy/ leader was taken away by such fanatics. Anyone that new LTC W knows that he loved life, people, and doing an exceptional job at whatever he was doing at the time. A true American soldier and hero. My thoughts will always be with his family and carrying me toward appreciation of freedom. LTC Mowers