KIA May 28, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
1LT Kile West died May 28, 2007, in Abu Sayda, Iraq, of wounds sustained when their Bradley fighting vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) while attempting to rescue a crew of a downed helicopter. Also killed were SGT Anthony Ewing, CPL Zachary Baker, CPL James Summers and SPC Alexandre Alexeev.
Kile is remembered by family members as an All-American guy who enjoyed Texas country music, a good barbeque, football, and his friends and family. He was know as a goal oriented individual who from the very early age of four, when he started playing army, knew he wanted to join the military. He was a team player in all that he pursued and participated in baseball, football, track, weight lifting, and FFA.
After graduating from Hutto High School in 2001, he went to Stephen F. Austin State University where he would subsequently receive a degree in business management. In pursuit of his lifelong dream to serve in the military, Kile joined the university ROTC program as a junior and eventually rose to the rank of sergeant in the Texas National Guard out of Lufkin, Texas. Kile received his commission on the eve of his graduation and deployed to Iraq on October 3, 2006. Kile was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and received the official promotion order the morning of his death. He was due home on June 15th for military R&R leave, and was looking forward to celebrating his 24th birthday on July 12th with family and friends.
He was posthumously awarded the Army Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his parents, Nanette West and Grady West; sisters, Kelli and Kara; and brother Carter. According to his family, he died doing what he wanted to do.
1LT Kile West was 23 years old from Hutto, Texas.
Original portrait was presented March 2008 to Kile’s mother, Nanette, in a surprise delivery at her office in Austin, Texas.
Sponsored for family by:
Keith and Nodgie Brewer, Austin, Texas