Fallen Eastern Kentucky Soldier Was Remembered By Family & Friends

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

An eastern Kentucky native killed in Iraq was remembered by friends, family and neighbors in Harlan County.

Staff Sergeant Delmar White died in Iraq more than a week ago and Tuesday his family got to bring his body back to eastern Kentucky.

WYMT's Dara Rees spoke to White's brother, who said he died doing exactly what wanted to be doing.

Del White was remembered by his brother for being strong willed, stubborn, and good hearted.

Staff Sergeant Delmer White was killed in Iraq on September 2nd while serving with the National Guard.

“Everything he did 100 percent,” Robert White said of his brother.

Robert White remembers his brother who died less than one month after being deployed to Iraq.

“Del always had a great desire to serve his country,” Robert said.

Robert says his brother joined the Marines right out of high school and before long became a staff sergeant.

He was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded in Baghdad.

Robert never spoke to his brother after he left.

“He left me a message on my cell phone and it said 'Hey Robbie, you better pick up your phone, it's your brother I'm in Iraq,” Robert said.

Governor Fletcher has ordered all flags across the state remain at half-staff until September 14th in honor of Sergeant White.

Robert also remembers his brother's drive, competitiveness, and desire to serve the country.

“My mama lost a son, but everybody lost a hero that day when he died,” Robert said.

“I'd give anything in the world if he could be sitting right here beside me right now,” Robert said.

Del leaves behind a wife, Michelle, and two children Shelby and Seth.

Tuesday night's memorial service runs until nine.

Another visitation will be held Thursday in Lexington from 4 to 9 at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Friday at noon in Lexington.


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