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June 24, 2004
DH 04 TK040
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Media Advisory

Cal State Dominguez Hills Loses Alum to War in Iraq

Carson, Calif. – The war in Iraq has claimed the life of Andre Demetrius Tyson, a California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) alum. On June 22 at 12:45 p.m. local Iraq time, Tyson and his fellow California National Guard soldiers were on patrol near Balad, Iraq, 85 miles north of Baghdad, when they were ambushed by enemy forces.

Tyson, who majored in business administration at CSUDH from 1999 to 2002, was an Army second lieutenant and served in the California National Guard for two years and in Iraq since March of this year. He was attached to the 579th Engineer Battalion based in Petaluma, California.

“Andre enjoyed being in the military,” said Renee Tyson, Andre’s mother. “His friends used to tease him by calling him ‘military man,’ but it was something he loved doing.”

Tyson was a dedicated soldier who fully understood the dangers of his occupation. His mother remembers her son as a caring person who approached his job with the bravery commonly associated with an American soldier. He was always known for being fun-loving and playful according to his friends and co-workers at the Costco store in Los Feliz, California.

“Andre had no fear of what might happen to him as a military man,” his mother recalled. “He believed in defending America’s interests. Being in the military was a part of his life.”

Tyson served 13 years in the military including his time in the Army and the California National Guard with the 578th Engineer Battalion. Captain Craig Wells, commander of Headquarters & Headquarters Company of the 578th Engineer Battalion, 40th Infantry Division, said Tyson was, “well respected by his fellow officers and members of his battalion.”

Funeral services are pending according to family members.

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Last updated Thursday,
June 24, 2004, 5:50 pm, by Stephanie Brown (sb)