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. Their son, Donald Wayne (Trey) West, III, was born March 19, 2007. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Day 127 - Prayers for Families


The phones and internet were quiet again. We had hoped it was just a power glitch.

Four soldiers from the 155th were killed Monday when a bomb exploded in Haswa, 30 miles south of Baghdad.

The soldiers identities weren't released, but officials did confirmed they were assigned to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, Second Marine Expeditionary Force.

At least nine 155th soldiers have been killed since January. Two soldiers from Mississippi in the combat team were killed by roadside bombs and another three died in vehicle accidents.

Another car bomb exploded Tuesday near a Baghdad junior high school for girls, killing six people.

The American deaths raise the total to 12 reported since Monday. Those reports came as insurgents carried out a string of explosions, suicide attacks and drive-by shootings around the country that killed 49 Iraqis.

We extend our prayers and sympathy, not only to the families of the fallen American soldiers, but also to the families of innocent Iraqis who were killed.

(from Grenada Daily Star and WLOX - Biloxi)

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