We will never forget you Bobby!
Five years ago May 30th, 2011, America lost another heroic son. Spc. Bobby Russell West of Beebe, Ark. died May 30, 2006, in Baghdad while serving on
his second tour of duty. The youngest son of a devoted mother, Bobby was a shining example of everything that is good
about our country. Friendly and outgoing, he loved sports and could often be seen practicing basketball in his yard. But
more importantly, Bobby loved his family, his country and his God. He understood at an early age that freedom indeed is
not free and that if it was worth having, it was worth fighting for and so at 17 he joined the National Guard. After the
tragedy of 9/11 he decided that he had to do more. Enlisting in the army, he became a member of the 4th Infantry
Division, a unit that has weathered much of the fighting in Iraq. During his first tour he was a part of the operation
that captured Saddam Hussein. On May 30th this brave young man was on patrol when an IED exploded, killing him instantly
and severely wounding five of his comrades. On June 7th Bobby was buried with full military honors in his hometown of
Beebe. Those who knew him personally and those who only knew him by his sacrifice and selfless devotion to his country
all mourn the loss of this honorable and courageous young man who gave all that he had to give in the defense of the
land he loved. His loss is America's loss.