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.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Minus 145 Days - Saturday Heroes 1

As a child, Wayne never slept late on Saturday mornings. Soon after sunrise, the pitter-patter of happy feet running down the hall signaled our little caped crusader was headed to the tube for his weekend fix of heroic video action.

"Nana nana nana,
nana nana nana
nana nana...BAT-MAN!!"
became the household anthem. Soon, we made our own jokes, like,
"Holy Alarm Clock, Honey! It must be time to get up!"

Life isn't so simple anymore, but our need for heroes is stronger than ever.

Now that our Wayne is home from Iraq, someone suggested we could devote one day a week to sharing stories of courageous men and women still deployed. Great idea. So, here's our first installment of Saturday Heroes.

We'll kickstart the series with a story from Black Five, an award winning Veteran blogger who inspires us all with his category of posts called, "People You Should Know."

Read Saving Private Ali, the story of one combat medic's heroic efforts to save an Iraqi soldier...mostly in the second half!

If you or someone you know has a story to share, email it to us using the address found in the sidebar. We'll post Saturday Heroes 2 next week.

P.S. Wayne called bright and early this morning with this jab, "I'm on my way to the beach today. What are you doing?"

(Wayne and Lauren are traveling with her parents to make final arrangements for the wedding this summer.)

Posted on Mudville Gazette.