It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Specialist Sean Michael Walsh. Specialist Walsh died on 16 November 2011 due to the direct impact of an indirect Fire (IDF) round while conducting physical training on the outskirts of Camp Clark, Afghanistan. He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Walsh of San Jose; father, Kenneth Walsh of Ontario, California; a grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins in New York state, and relatives in Southern California.
Specialist Walsh was born in Upland, California on 8 August 1990. He enlisted in Detachment 2, 870th Military Police Company, California Army National Guard, in Sunnyvale, California on 20 October 2008 as a Private, E1. On 5 November 2008, Private E1 Walsh was attached to Detachment 2 RSP, Camp Parks. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training from 16 April to 24 September 2009 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During this period, he was advanced to Private E2, Private First Class, and awarded Military Occupational Specialty 31B10, Military Police.
On 12 November 2009, Private First Class Walsh was relieved from attachment to Detachment 2 RSP, Camp Parks and on 23 January 2010, he was advanced to Specialist. In December of 2010, Specialist Walsh was ordered to active duty for an OCONUS Deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 870th Military Police Company. At the time of his death, Specialist Walsh had accrued over three years of creditable service for retired pay.
Specialist Walsh’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/M Device), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, California Good Conduct Medal, and California Drill Attendance Ribbon (w/Bronze Star).