|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1986|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2007, Iraq|
Army Cpl. Bell was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic. Bell died in Multaka of injuries sustained when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime operation. Rickey joined the Army after graduating from Caruthersville High School in Caruthersville, Missouri in 2005. His unit was the Dark Horse Warriors and he had been in Iraq since June. Rickey was an awesome person in everything he did – he loved everybody and they loved him. He was full of energy, vivacious, loved to make people laugh and lived everyday to its fullest. Rickey was due to come home on leave September 13 but his family knew he wouldn't stay long when he did. He loved his family, but he loved being in the Army and was always ready to go back to work when home on leave. It was his love of country that led him back home one last time. His slowly moving motorcade could be seen for miles moving through the streets of Caruthersville and Hayti, Missouri. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, had lined the streets to pay their respects to a hero. His town had come out to show Rickey how much they loved him.
NOTE: On October 24, 2008, the commingled remains of Capt Corry P. Tyler, Chief Warrant Officer Paul J. Flynn, Sgt Matthew L. Tallman, Spc Rickey L. Bell, Capt Derek A. Dobogai, Staff Sgt Jason L. Paton, Sgt Garrett I. McLead, Cpl Jeremy P. Bouffard, Cpl Phillip J. Brodnick, Cpl Joshua S. Harmon, Cpl Nathan C. Hubbard, Spc Michael A. Hook, Spc Jessy G. Pollard, and Spc Tyler R. Seideman were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Aug 25, 2007
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