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Corp Christopher John Lee West
Birth: Jan. 8, 1982
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 2008, Iraq

Cpl. Christopher J. West of Arlington, Texas attended Sam Houston High School before graduating from Bowie High School in 2000. He graduated with honors in 2004 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. After he graduated from A&M, he wanted to go into law, but something kept pulling him toward the Army and so he joined in January 2007 completing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in March 2007. He would be the fifth generation of his family to have served in the Army. Four months later, he finished Healthcare Specialist Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in July 2007. The following month, he completed the Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, Georgia. C.J. arrived to the 82nd Airborne Division in August and was assigned to the 1st Squadron. He brought an upbeat attitude to his platoon that spread to everyone he met. He loved being a combat medic and a paratrooper and in return he was loved by his brothers in the platoon. Christopher was scheduled for rest and relaxation at his family's home the comming weekend. It was going to be his last mission before he came home. He loved what he was doing and felt like he had found his calling. He thought that it was very possible that he could make the Army a lifelong career. His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his parents, John and Hattie West. He died in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered on Feb. 3 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. He was 26.

Army
1st Squadron
73rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec 60 Site 8564
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Feb 05, 2008
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