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Memorial Set For San Jose Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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Specialist Sean Walsh, a California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed on November 16, 2011 in Afghanistan’s Khost Province. (Family photo)

Specialist Sean Walsh, a California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed on November 16, 2011 in Afghanistan’s Khost Province. (Family photo)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A public memorial service is planned in San Jose on Thursday for Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose who was killed nearly two weeks ago while serving in Afghanistan.

Walsh died on Nov. 16 from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Khost Province.

His remains will arrive at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Moffett Federal Airfield.

The public is invited to pay their respects to Walsh and his family from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park Chapel of the Roses, located at 300 Curtner Ave. in San Jose.

A funeral service, open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 13601 Saratoga Ave. in Saratoga, followed immediately by a graveside memorial at Oak Hill Funeral Home in San Jose.

Walsh was assigned to the 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade in Pittsburg. The unit left for its yearlong mission to Afghanistan in December 2010.

He is the second California National Guardsman to be killed in action in Afghanistan this month.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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