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1LT Kile West - Fallen But Never Forgotten


The remains of 1st Lt. Kile G. West, 23, from Pasadena, Texas, assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is escorted to the gravesite at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery June 9 in Killeen, Texas. West was killed in action May 30 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-8. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Colby Hauser, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Miss Ladybug attended the funeral:

...She carried the dove around for everyone to see, stopping in front of Kile's family at the end. His family reached out to touch or kiss the dove before the woman tossed it up into the air to allow it to fly home, along with the three doves released from the white cage. After the service, as the family was leaving, I noticed that some of the women in Kile's family were holding a white dove's feather in one hand, a memento of saying goodbye to Kile...

Miss Ladybug also has a fitting tribute to Kile posted (Blackfive-style).  It'll put some context around the young officer's life and why he died doing what he believed he should be doing.

Godspeed, Lieutenant West, godspeed...