It is with deepest sympathy that The California National Guard announces the death of First Lieutenant Andre Tyson, age 33, on 22 June 2004. Lieutenant Tyson died as a result of wounds received during an ambush while on patrol in Balad, Iraq. He is survived by his parents and sister.
Lieutenant Tyson was an experienced leader. Prior to his commission he served on active duty with the Army as a combat engineer for nearly three years. He was commissioned on 26 August 02 as a Platoon Leader in Company B, 578th Engineer Battalion, California Army National Guard. He was ordered to active duty on 15 November 2003 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Tyson was a popular leader, a caring person with a pleasant demeanor and fun-loving and playful spirit. He loved the military and understood the dangers of his occupation. His peers and former commander have noted that he had outstanding leadership abilities and judgment. He was a source of pride within his unit and inspired others to pursue their goals.