Fallen Soldier to Arrive at Moffett Field Today

Mountain View Patch will be at Moffett Field to report on the solemn return of Sean Walsh, the deceased California National Guard soldier.

The body of Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, will arrive at Moffett Federal Airfield this afternoon.

Walsh died on Nov. 16 from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire during combat operations in Afghanistan's Khost Province.

The public is invited to pay their respects to Walsh and his family from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park at 300 Curtner Ave. in San Jose.

A funeral service, also open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church at 13601 Saratoga Ave. in Saratoga, followed by a graveside memorial at Oak Hill Funeral Home in San Jose.

Walsh was assigned to the 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade in Pittsburg. The unit left for a yearlong mission to Afghanistan in December 2010.

He is the second California National Guardsman to be killed in action in Afghanistan this month.

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