Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Master Sgt. Robert H. West

37, of Elyria, Ohio.
West died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 312th Training Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 14, 2006.

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"Drill Sgt West... though I am a decade late I just heard of your passing... I was your soldier when I was in basic training Oct 2000- Feb 2001 you were tough in me but felt the need to be lenient with me because I was from cleveland and you were a die hard Cleveland Browns fan... I'm sure you are livid At the season they are having this year as we sit at 0-14 🙄.. I remember you had your office decked out in cleveland Browns decor... I just heard of your passing from DS Helfelfinger... RIP, my 19k Teacher, Brother, and friend- Richardson"
Camario A. Richardson of Cleveland Ohio

"Did a Veterans Memorial Ride, and you were in my thoughts as always! You're always my Hero Bob! Never forgotten!"
Gerald "Woody" Wood SFC (Ret.) US Army of Columbus, Ohio

"wish you were here. I miss you so much. I wish kasey could've met you..she's amazing and you would've loved her just as much as Kali. I hope you are playing rummy and bingo with Grandma and I'm sure all her friends are hitting on you. We will never forget you...you are with us everyday."
tammi of elyria, oh USA

"Just thinking about you today Battle! Miss you Brother"
Gerald "Woody" Wood SFC (Ret.) US Army of Columbus, Ohio

"Dear Jeanne and Shelby, LTC Rich Livingston here and I have been so looking forward to fulfilling my promise to check on you guys in honor of my great friend and comrad. I sent a few emails and don't know if you got them. Would love for you both to join my family in Gatlinburg TN the weekend of April 12th to honor Bob and his service at the Yellow Ribbon Mountain Man March 2014. Me, my wife and 3 grown children will participate in the march and the ceremony in his honor. We had so many great times as battle buddies, his sense of humor and professionalism and just great respect of you and his family. My email is richdana88@yahoo.com, phone 859-358-7555. Would love to here from you and see if you can make the event; I am paying for you both if you can make it."
Rich Livingston of Richmond, KY

"Well Bobby the time has come that our daughter Shelby Ann West is on her way to college in two weeks its amazing how one day she was a child and now she this young adult. I am so proud of her every thing we spoken about when she was young what we wanted for her is turning out as planned she an amazing young lady. I look at everyday and she looks so much like you it bring so much joy to my heart. I am so blessed to have had this amazing child with you.You live on in her i see you everday in her. Miss you so much Babe."
Jeannie West

"Jeannie & Shelby,
I had the honor to serve with Rob when he was a CPL/SGT and I was a SSG, we were stationed at Fort Hood, TX. As a matter of fact, we spend many training days in each other’s company as he was my gunner while we were assigned in Texas. Well, I was nominated and attended Drill Sergeant School in to Oct 93. After completing Drill Sergeant and before being assigned to Fort Knox, I wanted to do something special for Rob as he is the reason I was successful in my military career. I remember he was attending BNCOC and I visited him and we just talked about his future in the military. As I left I presented him with a coin I had specially made for him and I remember the smile he gave me. That was last time I seen him. I have many great memories of this fine gentleman and he will forever remain young in my eyes. I am now retired but I find myself reminiscing of my military days, especially this great NCO and the many others I lost in this war… This past week I was asked to be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony in KY and Rob was certainly on my mind. Just know HE WILLl NEVER BE FORGETTEN, my prayers are with you both always…

Ruben G. Ochoa
1SG(R), USA
Vine Grove, KY
Ruben.g.ochoa@comcast.net
Ruben.g.ochoa.civ@mail.mil"
Ruben Ochoa of Fort Knox, KY

"Still missing you brother! You daughter is absolutely gorgeous. You'd be hanging out with a 12ga double barrel if you were around! Rest in peace and know that you are honored, respected and missed."
SGM Paul S. Wilcock of Andover, NJ

"Just a quick message to let you know you will always be remembered Bob, you are and always will be my Hero. You were a true friend and battle when I needed you. RIP Bob!"
Gerald "Woody" Wood SFC (Ret.) US Army of Columbus, Ohio

"Bobby,
May 14th 2006 is a day that I wish never happened.. I try to focus on all the great memories of you. Your chubby little face when you were a baby or the jokes you told from your joke books that you brought to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner. Then later in life when we would talk about life, where life was heading for you or for me and the joke we both were in an ‘unique” situation. It wasn’t always what was said that was funny it was the way you said certain words that cracked me up. Or the time you came down our driveway with 2 cups of coffee at 5 a.m. and our shed was about to burst into flames from a burn pile I had going. All you said was “accelerant?’ And we laughed. We always laughed A LOT when you were here. The gambling trip a bunch of us took to Canada and the little old ladies and the little old guys thought you were a football player, you just grinned and we all laughed. When your mom and I went to W.V. to check out where you were going to be, we had a few beers, talked about Iraq some and played battleship all night. Or at least until you finally beat me. We talked how you had gotten battleship when you were little for Christmas and we had played then.
I still cry for you or may be I cry for all of us because we are missing out on all that could have been…
Each and everyone of your family misses you and loves you forever."
aunt nora

"Honey today is your 45th birthday. I remember you always saying to me we are the same age now until may LOL. Miss you so much it never get easy for me or for shelby. i wish you could see how beauitful Shelby is and how much she looks like you my gosh twin. Your dauhter is getting ready to go to college its hard to believe. I cant believe god took you from us but i know your with us all the time. 7 years has past and the pain is still the same as it was on May 14 2006.I was told i needed to go see someone to help me cope with my loss of you. Ha its called heart break there is no one in the world that can fix that. Happy Birthday MY LOVE"
JEANNIE WEST of ARVADA CO

"Honey today is your 45th birthday. I remember you always saying to me we are the same age now until may LOL. Miss you so much it never get easy for me or for shelby. i wish you could see how beaitful Shelby is and how much she looks like you my gosh twin. Your dauhter is getting ready to go to college its hard to believe. I cant believe god took you from us but i know your with us all the time. 7 years has past and the pain is still the same as it was on May 14 2006.I was told i needed to go see someone to help me cope with my loss of you. Ha its called heart break there is no one in the world that can fix that. Happy Birthday MY LOVE"
JENNIE WEST of ARVADA CO

"Love ya bro. Seems like Jeannie and Shelby are doing ok. I miss ya."
SGM Paul Wilcock of Andover, NJ

"Forever in my memories and thanks."
Rob Lusk of Raleigh, NC

"I can't believe its been 6 years since we lost you. I still miss you everyday and know you are watching over us. xoxo"
Tammi of elyria, oh

"Bobby, Henry and I are sitting here having a few beers BSing about the old days. You are by far the best NCO/Leader the both of us have had. The day we lost you was one of the hardest days of our life. I try and live my career and life by the guidence you gave me on many nights on OP in Iraq big Sarge. Untill we see you on Fiddlers Green, first pitcher of Coors is on you MSG West!!!! SFC Winczewski and SSG Murphy"
SFC David Winczewski and SSG Henry Murphy of Columbus, GA

"The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park in Clinton,Ohio would like to honor Robert on 8-4-12. pls contact Sharon 330-882-4131 or Michelle 330-907-0264. our website: www.ovmp.org"
sharon kerechanin of Clinton, Ohio USA

"Happy Birthday Bobby....heard you were with Aunt Nora today! Miss you every day. XOXO"
Tam of Elyria, OH

"Dear Jeanie and Shelby, I joined Ancestry .com recently and tonight was looking up people that I have known. I typed Bobby's name in to see if he had children and where he was living.That was 5 hours ago since I found out what his fate was. My heart was torn. You see, I did not get Bobby grow to be a man. I only got to see him from an infant until he was about 7 years old. He was the sweetest kid you would ever meet. I was with him a lot. I took him to his baseball practices, taught him how to slide and we wore his "Rockem /Sockem robots out. I used to take a towel and make a Super Man cape that he would wear. I would pretend like I was in distress, he would come into the room and say "this looks like a job for (in a deep voice) "a job for Superman" Once he came in the room with his cowboy boots, superman cape, cowboy hat and underwear. I said "Who are you now/" He said " I am Tex" If I had known what I just found out this evening, I would have told him "No Bobby, You are truly a "Super Man" and that you are. God Bless you both. If you ever would like to contact me just go to "foxfire riverside campground.com" and I'd be glad to email you and share some cute stories with you.
May God Bless you so much....

Reece Gordon Valentine.."
Reece Gordon Valentine of Cosby, Tn. USA

"Dear Jeanie and Shelby, I joined Ancestry .com recently and tonight was looking up people that I have known. I typed Bobby's name in to see if he had children and where he was living.That was 5 hours ago since I found out what his fate was. My heart was torn. You see, I did not get Bobby grow to be a man. I only got to see him from an infant until he was about 7 years old. He was the sweetest kid you would ever meet. I was with him a lot. I took him to his baseball practices, taught him how to slide and we wore his "Rockem /Sockem robots out. I used to take a towel and make a Super Man cape that he would wear. I would pretend like I was in distress, he would come into the room and say "this looks like a job for (in a deep voice) "a job for Superman" Once he came in the room with his cowboy boots, superman cape, cowboy hat and underwear. I said "Who are you now/" He said " I am Tex" If I had known what I just found out this evening, I would have told him "No Bobby, You are truly a "Super Man" and that you are. God Bless you both. If you ever would like to contact me just go to "foxfire riverside campground.com" and I'd be glad to email you and share some cute stories with you.
May God Bless you so much....

Reece Gordon Valentine.."
Reece Gordon Valentine of Cosby, Tn. USA

"2011 we still miss you BOBBY. JEANNUES MOM AND FAMILY LOVE YOU ALL."
JO ANN SNDERS of ARVADA CO.

"Recently learned of Bob's loss. It is difficult to find the right words to express the grief & the appreciation for our "Heroes", who has paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedoms and protect the victims in other countries. I deeply regret Bob has paid the price with his life. He was assigned to the Master Gunner Branch as instructor in late 90's, he only worked for me a short time before being DA select for Drill Instructor. Bob left a very memorable impression on me - Good person & Great Soldier - "A Grateful Nation Salutes you!" Rest in Peace our brother in Arms. Thank You Bobby for the footprints that you have left behind. You have earned your rest. God Speed."
SGM Kirk N. Baldwin USA Ret of Guston, KY

"To the West family my heart goes out to you. I was stationed at Ft.Carson Co in k troop 3/3 ACR 4th platoon and was his tank driver for about 2 years. I served beside him in 2003 in Iraq. He was one of the most dedicated and courageous leaders that I have ever served with. SFC west and I were close friends and no matter what we faced I always knew he was there and his bravery kept us going mission after mission. While on his tank crew at Ft.Carson he led us to achieve the "top tank" status for k troop and I will always remember him as the best of the best. He will always be a hero in my heart and not a single day goes by without the memory of this warrior. GOD BLESS"
Mike Fischer of Mary Esther, Fl

"BABE ITS BEEN FIVE YEARS AND SHELBY AND I ARE STILL LIVING WITH THE PAIN AS THE DAY IT HAPPEN.HAVING THIS KIND OF LOST BREAKS SO MANY HEARTS, MY HEART ACHES BABE WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. SHELBY HAS GROWN INTO SUCH A STRONG YOUNG LADY AND HAS THE STRIVE THAT SHE GETS FROM YOU SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU AND ACTS JUST LIKE YOU SHE IS YOUR DOUBLE I AM LUCKY BECAUSE I GET TO LOOK AT HER EVERYDAY AND I SEE SO MUCH OF YOU. SHELBY IS VERY STRONG HEADED HMMMMM WHO ELSE IS LIKE THAT LOL. SHE EXCELS AT EVERYTHING LIKE YOU.BABE I KNOW YOU TOLD ME BEFORE YOU LEFT IF ANTHING HAPPENS TO ME TO CARRY ON AND STAY STRONG. I HOPE I HAVEN'T DISPPOINTED YOU. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR REMEMBER MY HUSBAND AND US AS WELL. DOC THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR US THAT MEANS THE WORLD. STEPHINE AUNT JEANNIE LOVES YOU VERY MUCH THANK YOU FOR WRITTING ON UNCLE BOBBY'S WALL SWEETHEART. JUST EVERYONE IS SO CARING AND AWESOME. THANKS AGAIN MRS WEST"

"Tommorow, May 14th, will mark the passing of my best friend and brother-in-arms, MSG Robert West. 5 years ago Bobby was taken from this world by an IED in Iraq, at the young age of 37. He left behind a loving wife and beautiful daughter who miss him every day. He left an indelable mark on the life of every person he came into contact with, he was taken from us way too soon and will be missed everyday we still walk this earth. Bobby my brother, we all miss you, and hope to meet you again when I am called to our maker."
Henry "Dick" Chaney SFC (Ret.) US Army of Lampasas, TX

"SSG West at the time was my drill sergeant in basic training at Ft. Knox, KY back in 2000 with A Co. 2-81 AR. I was there during what I think was his last cycle on the DS tour. He was such an influence in my military career as I am in the National Guard in Iowa still but had alot of repsect for Drill Sergeant West. He was hard, but fair. And he respected hard work. As I am now a Staff Sergeant in the Iowa Army National Guard and am currently a platoon sergeant in an Infantry Unit in Afghanistan, I think often of my days at Ft. Knox and all the things Drill Sergeant West taught me. He was the epitomy(sp?) of what an NCO should be. I found out about him beind KIA from a 1SG that I happened to meet while going home on leave that was a drill sergeant as well that worked with MSG West. We started small talk while waiting for our flight and eventually found out that we both knew MSG West. He told me about the tragic end to MSG West's life. Drill Sergeant West, you and your family will be in my thoughts forever as even though you pry wouldn't remmeber me, you had a profound effect on my military career and still do every day. adam.riediger@us.army.mil"
Adam Riediger of Sioux City, IA / USA

"Well brother, it's been 5 years since I had the honor of fighting side by side with you. Since then, I try to live my life 1 day at a time. There is not a day I don't think about you or Chief. I promised your family that I would be there for them until the good Lord calls me...God Speed....

Panther 08. "Doc""
Mario A. Gonzalez of Aurora, Colorado. USA

"Jeannie & Shelby, we love ya, and just wanted ya'll to know we are thinking bout you this Mothers Day. Bobby, We all miss ya man. I still can't believe sometimes that your really gone brother. You will always be with us in our hearts."
Henry "Dick" Chaney of Lampasas, TX

"I loved Bobby very much he was like my unkle. Shelby and I have so many memories with him and the family. I miss him so much and you guys. I still just cant even think that hes gone. I love you still and im always here for you guys, and we have known each other since we were both i think 5. i love you guys. <3"
Stephonya Hunter of Broomfeild, Colorado

"Thanks to you all for still remembering a great hero and Dad.Shelby and I and Mom are hanging in there. My Bobby what a wonderful husband and soldier and Dad i was so bless to have him in my life. Just wanted to let you know you can contact me at 303-877-9638 or jeanette.west@halliburton.com i would love to here from you."
Jeannie West of Arvada colorado

"Jeannie & Shelby~
I want to let you know that not a day goes by that George and I don't think about Bobby. We got to spend a lot of time with him while he was at Bragg and would stop in and see us at Knox before heading up to Ohio, and of course when we were all in Ohio together there was golf and the long talks that included their friend "Jack". I only got to meet you both while at Fort Carson and we had you over, but I know you were Bobby's whole world, he talked about his girls constantly and had a picture that was pulled out with pride and love. This is the first way that I wanted to try and get in touch with you. George flew from Knox to Colorado for the funeral, but we have not had an address to keep in touch with you. I wanted to let you know that Ohio is giving family members of deceased veterans a bonus for their sacrifice, it is definitely worth looking into because of the ultimate sacrifice you live with everyday. The website for information is: www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov or the phone number: 1-877-644-6838. I hope that you check this memorial occasionaly and would love to hear from you. Like I said before, we think of Bobby everyday and my heart is heavy for you, And we think of Bobby's mom too and hope you are all aware how much we admire your strength. My email address: gotbirth4@yahoo.com, I would love to hear from you."
Kathy & George Birth of Black River, NY

"Hey West, still think about you all the time man! Hope up there in heaven; you have been issued some golf clubs! Rest in peace friend!
John Tanner"
John Tanner of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"Bobby my friend I hope your daughter is well and your family is happy.

I honor you on this day because I know you are a true hero to me and always will be remembered as such. You are in the Hall Of Fame in Elyria days after your death and we remembered you then. you have made the ultimate sacrifice and you are missed.

Ill never forget me and you talking before that Akron Hoban game and me telling you I had a feeling you were gonna do something great and in the 4th quarter you made that game saving Interception and you came to the sideline and you sought me out and we hugged and jumped around in celebration. It was a great memory I'll never forget. You are always a champion in my book. You are a hero to America.

I hope there is a way your family can reach us in the EC community to continue our support."
Brian Fitzpatrick of Elyria

"Bobby, thinking of you this memorial weekend 2010 with a moment of silence. I mention you often to our mutual friends that continue to serve. You will always be in my heart and the standard for which excellence is measured. Miss you always."
CSM Joseph T. McFarlane of Alaska

"My husband it has been 4 years ago when you were taken from Shelby and I and every year it gets harder and harder to believe your gone honey I Love You and always will. You are my everything and i miss you. Your Daughter is an amazing girl, Shelby made varsity cheer this year like she told you she would. when she grew up she was in the end of 6th grade when you left and now a 10th grade we done good. Love your wife"
Jeannie West of arvada Colorado

"MSG Robert H West, My best friend, one of the best soldier's/NCO's Ive ever met, more than just a friend, he was like a brother, was KIA 14 MAY 2006, four years ago today. You are Gone but Not Forgoten. Bob we all miss you man."
Henry "Dick" Chaney, SFC (ret) of Lampasas, TX

"My deepest sympathy to the family. Bob was my squad leader in Korea, he was also my friend. RIP brother."
Sgt Gagnon of NH

"My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.
I am not sure if I have the correct Robert West here. Was Bob in Korea in 96, 2/27 AR BN, Scout Platoon?"
Scott of NH

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Its been a little over three years since you were taken too early from this world, and little over 4-years since I met you MSG West. You were an outstanding NCO, a great mentor and a wonderful person. Thank you for teaching me all the OC/T in's and out's and showing me what a REAL NCO is supposed to do to take care of Soldiers and accomplish any mission. You will always be remembered. God bless the West family. It was an honor to be one of the Ushers at your memorial service. Thank you for the lessons and may your legacy as an elite Soldier live on forever."
SGT Steel of Georgetown, Delaware

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Master Sgt. Robert H. West:
Robert gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Daddy, i miss you tons the past couple weeks have been super hard and i just cant take it. i love you tons i can remember you took me to the baseball park and you tought me everything i need to know about baseball and softball i will never forget my fun memories with you i will do my BEST for you. "when 2 roads diverse i take the one less travled by" i will take that road and be diffrent a successful girl just like you tought me. i love you i miss you tons hopefully you will come to my dreams love you."
Shleby West of Arvada,CO

"Bob, Its been 3 years now, sure miss ya buddy. I wear a mem. braclet with your name on it every day, and I get asked about you all the time. You will always be in our heart and mind."
Henry "Dick" Chaney of Lampasas, TX

""YOU Will NEVER BE FORGET ! Bob I miss you man, but I have so many great memories to make me smile when I think of you.I will always cherish the friend that you were to me and I will always keep you in my heart.We will always be Battle Buddies through Life and Death,I will see you again my friend when God unites us once more.I Love you Brother "God Speed, Expect No Mercy""
DS Heff of Fort Riley KS

"I would like to say thank you. To everyone that has left messages for me and Shelby,Bobby. i have not been on the site for awhile my heart can't take it. Thank You!!! god bless!!! really it means alot to us. Here is my number in case anyone would like to talk 303-877-9638.
Mrs West"
Mrs West of Arvada Co

"Jeannie & Shelby This is Dawnde Cook from Ft. Knox, I am so sorry for your loss. Please call 1-270-978-7789.I miss You all terribly & am so shocked.I am so sorry, He was a wonderful friend to us..."
Dawnde Cook & Family of Ft. Knox , Kentucky

"Hey everyone you might know me as Shelby west i am the daughter of Robert H. west you know my dad was the #1 dad you can think of he loved me in sports he loved me for who i am today i am the strongest person you will ever meet i will always have my head up high even though i do cry every night about him i still think he is always here next to me in my heart and he is the number one guy anyone would be lucky to meet.! one of the moments i will never forget is when my dad told me the good night story of when i was born he wouldnt let anyon touch me i was the best thing that happened in his life it makes me smile and i am never going to forget him he is #1 to me and number one to everyone in his family i can remember the day he died it was the most breath taking day of my life i couldn't belive it i wanted to kill everything i want to kill myself knowing i am missing the number one thing that kept me on my feet i love him very very very much i can't seem to gey everyone who has been so kind and thoughful thanks God bless you all you will be in our hearts too<3














shelby west the daughter of Robert H. West"
daughter of Robert h west of colorado

"Bob I still remember the first day that you came into my office and I asked you if you were related to Dan Marino...The moment that I will always remember the most is when I told you that you came down on orders for Fort Carson and you did not have to go, but you looked me in the eyes and said" these are my men I cannot leave them now". Bob, you are a true American hero! GOD Bless you and your family."
Charles of Cameron, NC

"We recently had a pow-mia ceremony in Alaska where my girlfriend and I had the honor of carrying a flag on our bike in memory of your loved one. I have some pictures of that ceremony I would like to send to you if you care to respond to this message with your e-mail address. Your family will be in our prayers and he is not or will he ever be forgotten. jcole9191283@gmail.com"
Jay Cole of Seward, Alaska

"We recently had a pow-mia ceremony in Alaska where my girlfriend and I had the honor of carrying a flag on our bike in memory of your loved one. I have some pictures of that ceremony I would like to send to you if you care to respond to this message with your e-mail address. Your family will be in our prayers and he is not or will he ever be forgotten."
Jay Cole of Seward, Alaska

"Just wanted to leave a quick note, Bob Im thinking of you, wanted you to know your always in my thoughts my friend. Shelby, Im doing lot better sweetie, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Angie, Jake, Jordan, Valerie and I think of you and your Mom everyday. We love you.
'Dick' Chaney"
Henry 'Dick' Chaney of Lampasas, TX

"MSG West, I think of you and your family often, and hold you all in my prayers. A good man, a fine Soldier, no truer friend... Rest in peace, Son of Freedom."
MAJ E.M. Franks of Schofield Bks, Hawaii

"Just thinking of Bob...and...I guess letting the world know that I have not and will not ever forget.
I miss you man..."
J. McCree of Copperas Cove

"everyone i hope that everyone is doing great as the same we are........"
shelby west

"My sincerest condolences to the West Family. MSG. West was in my first unit when I reported in for duty at B. Co. 3-67 AR, 2 BDE, 2AD (now 4ID). Back then he was SSG and I was a 2LT. I'll never forget the some of the advice he gave me as his LT. I will always remember him and many of the fine soldiers I had the honor to serve with. MSG West, it was a honor serving with you, may you rest in peace.."
Yung Follis of Austin, TX

"everyday i always have a tear in my eye always and forever and you know that tear means that hes always in my heart this is shelby the daughter of Robert H West i loved my dad for as long as i can remember that day when we didnt get a call we hopped for one later but that didnt happen but letting everyone know me and my mom are ok and lol im doing well uncle dick you are like my second dad and i hope you will always get better i pray everyday i love everyone that is thinking of us and god bless you!!!!!!!!!!!"
shelby west

"my dad was my hero forever"

"I still think about you and Chief I won't forget you I still owe you a couple of beers. Here is to you my friend!"
Sam

"Jeannie, Shelby: I am giving my condolances and am very sorry for your loss. Bobby was a very good friend of mine and I will never forget him or his family. We met shortly in Ft. Hood and in Fort Knox. Bob and I used to play golf as much as we could and he had a pretty good game. He made his first eagle while I was playing with him and I will never forget the expression on his face when the ball went in!! I will really miss him and pray for Mom and Sissy every night. He will always be in your presents and dont you ever forget about our loving Brother!! If at any time you all need anything that I could be of assistance please give me a call. Ariel and Gloria Salas 210 559 3164. I Love You Guys with all my heart and may God Bless You Both!!"
Ariel Salas of San Antonio Tx. 78239

"Jeannie;
You have been like a Sister to Angie and me, I want you to know you are part of our family too, and we love you and if you ever need anything, you got it.
Shelby;
Sweetie, I want you to know that your Daddy was the best friend I have ever had, he was a great soldier, and a true American Hero. Your Daddy loved you more that anything in the world, You will always be his little girl. I know nothing I could ever do or say would take his place, but if you ever need me, “Uncle Dick” will be here for you.
Bob;
I know your not here in this life with us anymore, but you will always be with us in our hearts and memories. I will always cherish the time you and I spent together. When my time comes, and you and I meet again, you better have your clubs with you cause you once promised to teach me how to play golf, and I am gonna hold you to it.
Good bye my friend, I will miss you.
SFC (Ret) Henry “Dick” Chaney"
Henr Chaney of Lampasas TX

"Jeannie and Shelby, I wear Bob's name on my wrist now and I read it everyday and think of how he changed my life. I was in his Platoon in OIF 1 and he is the person that I judge myself by as a soldier. he taught me so much about being a leader and a man. I miss him everyday. My best wishes to your family, just know that he was loved by many and admired by everyone."
SFC Michael Jones of Ft Hood, TX

"To the family of:Robert H. West I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"it has been a little over a year since you were killed. i have your picture from the memorial on my desk at work.Your cheesy grin can make me cry and laugh in the same moment. not a day goes by that i don't regret calling you and saying i'm sorry. i wish we had been able to make peace before you died, i will regret that for the rest of my life. i am so sorry that we never said "I Love You" and that we let our differences ruin our relationship. I miss you and i want to say what i should have said when you were here..thank you for bravely serving our country and I am proud to be your sister. I will always love you and will always have you in my heart.Your sister, Lisa"
Lisa of austin,texas

"Jeannie & family,

This is John Engeman's sister writing. I just want to let you know how sorry we all are for your tragic loss. I never had the opportunity to meet Bobby but I know how highly John & Donna thought of him...he was a wonderful man. You, your daughter & the rest of your family are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We hope that someday you be able to find peace."
Janet Larson of Long Valley, NJ

"To the family of MSG West, I'm so sadden to hear about the death of a very good friend of mine. West and I were stationed in Fort Knox, Ky. together for two years and we sat next to each other in ANCOC for 88 days. I will truly miss hearing him talk about hitting the golf course after we finished our test in school. May God bless his entire family. He was truly a great person to be around."
SFC JOHN C. TANNER of GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY

"Bobby was like a son to me,from the first time I held him as an infant,we had a special bond,and it grew stronger through the years.He grew up with my three children and continued to be like a brother to them.We were so lucky that the past few years,he was home alot.Many,many nights I would find him on our couch. and Nomatter how many times he was in and out he always gave me a big bear hug and a kiss.I can't believe the horrible pain and my heart feels like a huge weight and it just never eases. Bobby was killed in a horrible blast and blaze on Mothers Day.I know his beloved "Mary B" and I will never be able to celabrate that day again.Rest in peace and you will never ever be forgotten,because you will always be our "Golden Boy'."
Aunt Bonnie Shreve of Elyria,Ohio

"If you knew Bobby you know how hard this is, it's so hard to lose someone as amazing as him. He'd make you laugh until you cried, until your cheeks hurt. He loved his family and he loved being a soldier, god we had so much fun. My heart is broken...I just can't believe he's gone. Bobby, a day won't go by that i won't think about you. Until we meet again......"
Tammi Shreve of Elyria, OH

"Dear Mrs.West,
I have a heavy heart to leave you this message of sympathy. MY Husband SFC Aaron Sheppard spoke highly of your husband many times during his time at Ft.Carson ,while he was my husbands platoon sgt. He too is in Iraq right now and it saddened him greatly to find out about this loss. Aaron will hopefully return in November and if you ever need anything please feel free to email us at Sheppei@aol.com.

Sincerly, Jocelyn"
Jocelyn Sheppard of Colorado Springs CO

"To Mrs Jeannie West and family,
God knows the sacrifice you and your family have given to this great country. May we never forget our brave men and women for giving thier lives for our freedom."
Neil Miles of Houston, TX

"To the West family, we do not know you or Bobby. But John Engeman family lived near us. And we honored these fine brave men with our flag at half staff. We also placed yellow ribbons up the street to their house, We talked with Donna and family and she told us what a good man he was. We thank them for their sacrifice to our freedom. May God heal you and ease your pain at this time. We understand all too well. Our grandson LCpl Juston Thacker 21 USMC was KIA in Afghanistan on 6/24/04. He believed in Freedom for all. Our family lifts you in our hearts and thoughts. John 15:13 tell us No man hath greater love than this to lay down his life for a friend. John and Bobby where true heroes serving our country for years. We may be contacted at justontthacker@sunlitsurf.com Proud grandparents of Juston."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"Bob was a damn fine Drill Sergeant and a very close personal friend of mine. He taught me a great deal about leading soldiers when I was a “Baby Drill” at Fort Knox, KY. For the two years that I was lucky enough to be stationed with him, I valued his friendship, experience, sense of humor, and ability to keep me going with an occasional golf story or a hilarious joke.
Bob, I’ll miss that award winning grin and the smoke shack conversations we had.

To the West Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Jeff McCree U.S. Army (Retired) of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you, Bobby, for being a great mentor, peer, and most of all friend.It hurts me as I write this message and my prayers go out to your loved ones left behind.You have impacted so many young men in your service to this nation.A true Hero, I will miss you always."
Joseph T. McFarlane of Texas

"Bobby brightened eveyones life he touched. You were much more than a cousin to me. He will be greatly missed by all. You are my hero."
John Shreve Jr. of Vermilion, Oh

"We love you Bobby. Thank you for serving our country. You will be missed. We will miss our quarterly "hang-outs". May God bless you.
The Kaminski Family"
Carrie Kaminski of Elyria, Ohio

"We are praying for your family and friends that they are consoled in this sad and painful time."
of Colorado

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Robert will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"May God bless Jeannie and Shelby in their time of great loss all of your friends and family love you and appreciate everything Bobby did for this country."
Anonomous of Colorado

"Thank you Robert West, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert West:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Robert for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert West:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Robert, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on