White, Delmar (P3, C2, L8)
Staff Sergeant Delmar White, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, was killed on Sunday, 2 September 2007 by an improvised explosive device while on a convoy escort mission in Baghdad, Iraq. White, 37, was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle, Kentucky. White was a corrections officer with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and deployed with his unit in August 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1998.
KENTUCKY MOURNS - GUARDSMAN, EX-MARINE BELIEVED IN MILITARY
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)-September 11, 2007 Page: A10
Staff Sgt. Delmar White served in the Marines in the first Iraq war then returned to civilian life, working as a corrections officer at the Fayette County Detention Center.
But military life and service called to him.
He left his job in 2005 to recruit for the National Guard and, in August was deployed to Iraq.
Sgt. White, of Lexington, died and three other Kentucky soldiers were injured in Iraq last week, when a roadside bomb exploded while they were escorting a convoy. He was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle.
"He went out a hero," his wife, Michelle, said. "He was a hero before he went to Iraq, in my book."
Michelle White and her husband's fellow soldiers describe the Harlan native as a sweet man, always ready with a joke, who liked to play cards, led by example and never asked soldiers to do anything he wouldn't do himself. People saw the same kind man whether they knew him for a day or a decade.
Michelle White said her husband was committed to the military and its mission. "Whether he felt we should be there or not, he was all for what the military did," she said.
Sgt. White, 37, will be buried Friday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their son and daughter, his stepmother and a brother.
We honor his commitment and sacrifice and offer our condolences to his family.