Sterling W. Wyatt, Sept. 4, 1990 — July 11, 2012, of Columbia

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 4:29 p.m. CDT

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, while on patrol in Kandahar Province Afghanistan, Specialist Sterling W. Wyatt was killed in action when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy IED.  Sterling was assigned as a Gunner to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (Jan 2011). Sterling was promoted from Private First Class to Specialist 4 days prior to his death. He has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Medal of Valor, the Bronze Star,the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Certificate of Achievement.