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Spec Rusty W. Bell
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1984
Randolph County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 2005, Iraq


Spec. Rusty W. Bell
Hometown: Pocahontas, Arkansas, U.S.
Age: 21 years old
Died: August 12, 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
Incident: Died of non-combat related injuries in Taji.

Soldier died of non-combat related injuries

Associated Press
"Hi," wrote the serviceman on a military bulletin board on June 20. "My name is Rusty Bell, and I am serving in Iraq for the third time since 2001. I would love to have someone write me."
The answers came swiftly. "I'm composing an e-mail right now for ya," wrote Leah. Sarah in London told Rusty "to drop her a line." Elizabeth wrote "I am hoping to find a soldier who is away from home just like you."
On Aug. 14, another message appeared. "To everyone who has been in contact with Rusty Bell," it said. "My name is Robert Holder and I am Rusty's uncle. I regret to send this message to inform you all that Rusty was killed in Iraq."
Army Spc. Rusty W. Bell, 21, of Pocahontas, Ark., died Aug. 12 from non-combat related injuries in Taji. He was based at Hunter Army Airfield.
"I loved his smile and his eyes," Pocahontas High School Librarian Lin Hatch said, "and, he was so appreciative of any opportunity that was given to him."
Bell's mother says he loved to read, was a helicopter repair worker and was a member of the organization called Books for Soldiers. He also is survived by his wife.

Taji, IRAQ - A helicopter repair worker from Pocahontas has died in Iraq of non-combat related injuries.
The Defense Department says Specialist Rusty W. Bell died Friday. He was 21. Bell had been assigned to the Army's 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, which is based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.
An Army spokeswoman says Bell's death was being investigated as a matter of course. The Army says Bell was married and his wife lives at the Georgia airfield.
Bell attended Pocahontas High School for a time.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Visitation will be Sunday evening, 5 - 7 p.m.

ANOTHER ARTICLE: Similarly, Army Spec. Rusty W. Bell, 21, of Pocahontas, Ark., showed signs of combat stress after his first deployment to the Middle East in 2003 as a member of the Army National Guard, said his mother, Darlene Gee. When he came home in April 2004, he enlisted in the Army and was sent back to Iraq in early 2005.
"He saw tons of combat that first time, and I think it affected him," Gee said. "I never asked him about it straight-out, but he said a few things that stick with me. He said, `Mom, I wish they'd just nuke the entire place. I know I would die, but at least I would die for a reason.' I said, `Bub, don't talk like that.'
"I thought they shouldn't have sent him back so soon," she said. "Let him have a normal life for a while, after what he'd been through."
An autopsy report on Bell's death concludes that he shot himself last August, with witnesses saying he was "distraught over family problems." Gee said she was not aware that her son, who was married, was having any significant personal problems.
The wife of a soldier who killed himself earlier this year in Iraq said she had little doubt that repeat tours had played a role.
"I know that did affect it. Absolutely I know it. A combination of fatigue and just being worn out," said the woman, who did not want her name used to protect her children.

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley said many troops want to go back with their units for repeat tours, and the military is willing to facilitate that, as long as they are functioning well.

"Part of sending troops back in with medications that are stable and doing very well is . . . to de-stigmatize this, to show soldiers they can do the job, they can defend the nation, they can be part of this Army, and they won't be cast aside," Kiley said.

In some cases, the military has pushed the point a step further.


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Warriors Walk Memorial *
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 169
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Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: Jul 08, 2006
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Spec Rusty W. Bell
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Spec Rusty W. Bell
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Spec Rusty W. Bell
Added by: Elizabeth Olmstead
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In thankful memory of a Vet.
- Ruth Watson
 Added: Jul. 17, 2013
Rest in peace.
- Gayle
 Added: Mar. 21, 2008

- Elizabeth Olmstead
 Added: Jul. 8, 2006

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