SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Walsh died from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire during combat operations.

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

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“California lost a warrior this week,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard. “Specialist Sean Walsh gave his life in proud service to his country and his fellow soldiers. His memory will stand as a testament to the bravery, selfless service and sacrifice of our state’s citizen-soldiers.”

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.

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