Colville solider killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sergeant Wyatt A. Goldsmith, 28, of Colville, died July 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered after enemy forces attacked his unit. He is survived by his parents, John and Lorie Goldsmith of Colville, and by his sister, Nicole. Goldsmith was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. This was Goldsmith's third deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, according to the U.S. Department of Defense website. Born in Redmond on September 21, 1982, Goldsmith entered the U.S. Army in June 2004 as a Special Forces recruit. He was a 2001 graduate of Colville High School. Goldsmith was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Though no more details were provided concerning the battle in which Goldsmith was killed, the Department of Defense said Goldsmith’s body was expected to arrive in Delaware on July 19. His unit will send a soldier to escort the body back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A funeral service will be held for Goldsmith at Colville Immaculate Conception Church, Tuesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at the Stevens County Ag. Trade Center. Volunteers are needed to help at the reception. Contact Jerrie Davis at 684-7550 for more information. Donations toward the expense of Goldsmith’s funeral and reception can be made to the Wyatt Goldsmith account at Keybank in Colville.