HOUSTON -- An airman who grew up in Houston died in an explosion in Iraq earlier this week, the Defense Department said Friday.
Tech. Sgt. Walter M. Moss Jr., 37, died Wednesday while trying to defuse a homemade bomb near Baghdad, said Capt. Kelly Cahalan, a spokeswoman for Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Moss was assigned to the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron on the base.
Moss joined the Air Force in 1990 after graduating from Aldine High School and served in Operation Desert Storm. He specialized in defusing bombs and always tried to protect younger members of his team, said his brother, Brian Moss. "He let us know that he was doing a very important job, " Brian Moss told the Houston Chronicle. "I am sure what he was doing was a job that he didn't want anybody else to do -- that is the kind of person he was."
Walter Moss lived in Idaho with his wife and two kids , a 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. He didn't want to leave his family, but he didn't complain, said his mother, Rebecca York.