A Fort Lewis soldier was killed while on patrol on Christmas Day in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.
Staff Sgt. David H. Gutierrez, 35, of San Francisco was on dismounted patrol in Howz-e Madad when he was hit by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of the 5th Stryker Brigade.
Gutierrez enlisted on Oct. 22, 1998, in San Francisco. He previously deployed to Camp Casey in Korea in 2000-01 and Schofield Barracks from Oct. 2001 through May 2008.
He was assigned to Fort Lewis on May 8, 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in July.
He is the 30th member of the brigade to die since it deployed.
Gutierrez spoke last month in a unit memorial for a friend and fellow soldier who was killed in October. Those remarks, about Pfc. Brian Russell Bates, were relayed at a Fort Lewis memorial in November.
In his remarks about Bates, Gutierrez joked about his friend’s use of double negatives. He closed by saying, “I didn’t never know how much I would miss you. Your memory will live on with the men of 1st Platoon.” Read the archived article.
Guitierrez was honored with the Black Lion Award. Read the tribute to him.