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.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Day 194 - Time to Eat!


Every fisherman loves the sound of a reel dragging under the weight of a fighting fish.

Jay’s right arm tired quickly as his line zinged with the promise of supper on the other end.


Suddenly, the fish broke the surface of the water! Something was different. Something was wrong. Half the fish was gone!

Captain Mike Grashof, our host on the Fishbox, had one comment: “It’s good to be further up the food chain.”

We caught more than this one fish today, thank goodness. In a few minutes, we’re on our way back to the marina to eat other king mackerel caught from the Atlantic today.

While we were on the water, Myron played golf in Jacksonville at Deercreek Country Club. Home to some of the region's finest golfers for events like the US Amateur and USGA Senior Amateur qualifiers, Deercreek was designed by Robert Miller to thrill golfers with challenging carries, demanding doglegs, and sentinel pines lining the fairways.

Had an email from Wayne today. All is well for another day.