Soldier killed in training accident returns to Apple Valley

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Army Sgt. Tyler Shelton, a graduate of Granite Hills High School, was killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise on San Clemente Island Aug 27.

This week, as a hearse carrying his casket drove along Interstate 15 to his final resting place in Apple Valley, admirers on overpasses waved flags in honor of the 22-year-old soldier. Shelton was a Black Hawk helicopter repairer assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ky. Shelton enlisted in 2016 and deployed to Afghanistan, and his awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously, the Army said.

We honor Sgt. Shelton’s commitment to serve our great nation and extend our deepest condolences to the Shelton family. May we always remember this young man’s courage to serve well and never forget the sacrifice for all of us.

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