News: Fort Hood mourns loss of fallen Soldier
Story by Spc. Justin A. Naylor
FORT HOOD, Texas— Soldiers of Fort Hood gathered to mourn the loss of Pfc. Mark West at a memorial service held in his honor on Fort Hood, Texas, May 18.
West died, May 8, from injuries sustained from a vehicle accident.
His military awards included two Army Commendation Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Campaign Star, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
West was born February 19, 1988, and grew up in Ohio.
West joined the Army in 2008, and was assigned to Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
"West was a friend and a battle buddy; my life was richer knowing him, and he will be missed," said Spc. George Haisle, a mail clerk with 3rd Bn., 82nd FA Regt. "[He] had a short life, but I believe he managed to squeeze a lot of living in his short time here."
"Mark had a very special quality about him, and it was his kind heart," said Wesley Bernius, a cannon crew member with Battery B and a friend of West. "He always made sure the people around him had the things they needed. Mark would give you his last dollar if he had it."
"I spoke to his dad, and he told me all the money Mark had saved was donated to the homeless shelter in their town," he said. "[He] told me Mark spent a lot of time there when he would come home. That's just one example of the kind of person he was."
"Mark, I will never forget the good times we had together and the many things you taught me," said Bernius.
West is survived by his mother, Michele Mills, and his father, Mark West.