PFC Brett Andre Walton, a son of Oregon, was killed on April 9, 2007, when the Humvee he was driving hit an IED during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. PFC Walton was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division out of Ft. Carson, Colorado. He was recently promoted to Private First Class.
Walton was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Grant High School in Portland. He entered the Army on September 13, 2006, because he wanted "to do something to be part of the solution, to make a difference to the people of Iraq."
PFC Walton is survived by his wife, Lindsay, daughter Sydney age 5, father Phillip of Portland, mother Cassandra Phillips of Tigard, sisters Cheryl and Kathleen and brother John.
Lindsay Walton hopes that people will remember Brett for his big heart, love for children and reading. She says Sydney is handling the situation as best as could be expected. "We still tell her, you know, Daddy died protecting us and doing what he was asked to do."
PFC Walton will be arriving today at Hillsboro airport and will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders from the airport to Pegg, Paxton and Springer Funeral Home in Beaverton. Services are scheduled for Monday, April 23, at the Solid Rock Church in Tigard.
Our thoughts and prayers are with PFC Walton's family and friends. We will ever be grateful for all he has done to keep us safe and free.