SHELTON, Tyler

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Tyler Shelton was killed on San Clemente Island
on August 29, 2020

SHELTON, Tyler (c. 1998-2020), of San Bernardino, was a 22-year-old Staff Sargent and one of two killed when a Blackhawk helicopter crashed on San Clemente Island during an air mishap on August 29, 2020. Sgt. Shelton enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2016 and collected several accolades during his career. He enlisted as a 15th UH-60 “Black Hawk” repairer and was later assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (A) for service as an MH-60M Crew Chief.



In the News~

August 29, 2020 [MSN News]: “Two soldiers were killed in a crash during aviation training on San Clemente Island, Calif., the U.S. Army said in a statement on Saturday. The soldiers who died from injuries suffered in last Thursday's crash were identified as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, N.J., and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, Calif. Both soldiers were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ken., the Army said, adding that they will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash, officials said. The Associated Press identified the aircraft as a Black Hawk helicopter.”


August 29, 2020 [ABC News]: “FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two special operations soldiers were killed during an aircraft mishap during aviation training in California. Fort Bragg officials said Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California died from injuries sustained from an aircraft mishap on San Clemente Island, California on Aug. 27. "The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal," said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). "Their level of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier. Our priority now is to ensure the Families of our fallen warriors receive our complete support as we work through this tragedy together. We ask that you keep Staff Sgt. Marketta, Sgt. Shelton, their Families and fellow Night Stalkers in your thoughts and prayers." Staff Sgt. Marketta, a native of Brick, New Jersey, enlisted in the Army in 2011, as a 15T UH-60 "Black Hawk" Repairer. He was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) upon completing Advanced Individual Training, and the Regiment's extensive training and assessment program in 2012. Staff Sgt. Marketta's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with V device; Air Medal with C device; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal with C device (2OLC); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (1OLC); Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2); Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge; and the Basic Aviator's Badge. Sgt. Shelton, a native of San Bernardino, California, enlisted in the Army in 2016, as a 15T UH-60 "Black Hawk" Repairer. He was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) upon completing Advanced Individual Training, and the Regiment's extensive training and assessment program in 2017. Sgt. Shelton's awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; and the Basic Aviator's Badge. Both Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.”


August 30, 2020 [NBC News]: “The two soldiers who were killed Thursday during an “aircraft mishap” while conducting an aviation training exercise on San Clemente Island were identified as special operations soldiers, according to the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino were confirmed as the deceased Saturday by the USASOC. “The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), in a statement. “Their level of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier. Staff Sgt. Marketta was a decorated soldier who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011 as a 15th UH-60 “Black Hawk” Repairer. He remained in 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (A) as an MH-60M Crew Chief for service. Sgt. Shelton enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2016 and collected several accolades during his career. He enlisted as a 15th UH-60 “Black Hawk” repairer and was later assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (A) for service as an MH-60M Crew Chief. The two will posthumously receive the Meritorious Service Medal. “Our priority now is to ensure the Families of our fallen warriors receive our complete support as we work through this tragedy together,” Col. Graham said in his statement. "We ask that you keep Staff Sgt. Marketta, Sgt. Shelton, their Families and fellow Night Stalkers in your thoughts and prayers.” Three other personnel were injured in the incident, officials said. The extent of their injuries is unclear.”