Sergeant Ryan E. Doltz, VMI Class of 2000

Doltz The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the combat death of Sergeant Ryan E. Doltz, VMI Class of 2000, on June 5, 2004, in Iraq. Sergeant Doltz was mobilized with the New Jersey Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, which deployed to Iraq in February. The unit was retrained to perform military police duties prior to its deployment. He died Saturday when an improvised explosive device was set off.

Sergeant Doltz was a native of Mine Hill, New Jersey. He matriculated with the Class of 2000, but graduated with the Class of 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He was a member of the Band Company. Many friends of VMI remember him as one of the four cadets featured in the national television commercial filmed at VMI for Norelco in 1998.

While attending VMI, Sergeant Doltz was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard's Battery A, 1st Battalion, 246th Field Artillery in Martinsville. He earned an Emergency Medical Technician certificate while at VMI, and later qualified for the EMT certification in New Jersey. He was a member of the Mine Hill, N.J., Volunteer Rescue Squad until his mobilization.

While at the United States Army Field Artillery Training Center in Fort Sill, Okla., Sergeant Doltz won the Top Gun Award for military proficiency at section tasks associated with 13B10 training. Holding the rank of specialist when he died, he was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

Among survivors are his parents, Raymond and Cheryl Doltz, a sister, Anne, and brother, Gregory, all of Mine Hill, N.J.

The Ryan Doltz '00 Scholarship 

Ryan Doltz's family has asked that a scholarship be established in his memory to benefit a cadet in the Band Company. Gifts made to the VMI Foundation in Ryan's memory will be used to establish the Ryan Doltz '00 Scholarship. To contribute to this scholarship, checks should be made out the VMI Foundation, with a notation that the gift is in memory of Ryan Doltz. On-line donations can also be made through the Foundation Website. Checks should be sent to:

VMI Foundation
P.O. Box 932
Lexington, Va. 24450

For additional information, contact Warren "Buddy" J. Bryan '71 at (800) 444-1839 or visit the VMI Foundation Website.