Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Day 104 - Honoring Six Soldiers from 155th BCT Killed in Action

Last Update: Saturday, April 30, 2005. 5:00pm (AEST)
Photo by Sgt. Wayne West sent from Iraq

Six US soldiers have been killed in bomb attacks in Iraq in the past two days.

Four soldiers were killed and two wounded by an improvised explosive device on Thursday in Tal Afar, about 390 km north of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement.

A vehicle-borne bomb killed two US soldiers on Friday near Diyara, west of Baghdad, it said.

The soldiers belonged to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Tal Afar, west of Iraq's third-largest city Mosul, not far from the border with Syria, has been the site of persistent insurgent violence over the past five months.

The US military believes insurgents have entered Iraq from Syria and built a stronghold in the town. There is also heavy militant activity in Mosul.


We send our prayers on behalf of the families of soldiers lost over the weekend. We also continue to pray for natural and supernatural intelligence to find and eliminate enemies of peace. Posted by Hello