2002 Hudson's Bay grad killed in Afghanistan

2002 Hudson's Bay grad killed in Afghanistan

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A Vancouver man is among a group of soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan this week.

Ian Walz, 25, was among eight soldiers from Fort Lewis who were killed in action on Tuesday.

Walz was a 2002 graduate of Hudson's Bay High School and wanted to get a political science degree while in the Army.  After the Army, he had hoped to become a police officer and perhaps later, a history or political science teacher.

He is survived by his wife and extended family in Vancouver.


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This statement was issued Thursday by Vancouver Public Schools:

Vancouver Public Schools has learned that a graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School was among the eight soldiers based at Fort Lewis who were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.  Pfc. Ian Walz was a member of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division.

Registered as Christopher Ian Walz, he entered Vancouver Public Schools as a preschooler.  He attended Hough Elementary School, Discovery and McLoughlin middle schools, and Hudson’s Bay High School until graduating in 2002 and going on to Clark College.  He played football for Hudson’s Bay.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of this fine young man.  I understand he spoke of becoming a teacher, and we wish he could have returned home to teach in our community,” said Superintendent Steve Webb.  “I know he will be missed by those who knew him—his friends, his fellow classmates, and the teachers and staff members in our schools.  We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.”