Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, who was with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) “Night Stalkers”, out of Ft. Campbell, KY died 27 August 2020, from injuries sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training, officials said.
Tyler was 22, and a graduate of Granite Hills High School in Apple Valley CA. He enlisted in the Army in 2016 and had served a deployment to Afghanistan, he received the Army Good Conduct Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.
He is survived by his father Mike Shelton, his wife Alexandira “Alex” Shelton (née Rich), married Dec. 26, 2019, in Hesperia, CA.
Sgt. Shelton is being returned home, to Apple Valley, California to be laid to rest at Sunset Hills Cemetery. A memorial service for Sgt. Shelton is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, 20 September 2020.∼Two soldiers killed in an aircraft accident on San Clemente Island have been identified, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said Saturday.
According to the news release, 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta of New Jersey and 22-year-old Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton of San Bernardino died on August 27 during an aviation training mishap.
Marketta enlisted in the Army in 2011 as a 15T UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer and was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Regiment. While assigned to the unit, Marketta deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also deployed multiple times to Iraq for Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the Army.
Shelton enlisted in the Army in 2016 also as a 15T UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer and was assigned to the same unit as Marketta. During his service, Shelton deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal," said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).
"Their level of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier. Our priority now is to ensure the Families of our fallen warriors receive our complete support as we work through this tragedy together. We ask that you keep Staff Sgt. Marketta, Sgt. Shelton, their Families and fellow Night Stalkers in your thoughts and prayers."
Sgt. Shelton's awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; and the Basic Aviator's Badge.
Both Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.
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