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Army Spc. Rusty W. Bell

Died August 12, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Pocahontas, Ark.; assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died Aug. 12 of non-combat-related injuries in Taji, Iraq.

Soldier died of non-combat related injuries

Associated Press

“Hi,” wrote the serviceman on a military bulletin board on June 20. “My name is Rusty Bell, and I am serving in Iraq for the third time since 2001. I would love to have someone write me.”

The answers came swiftly. “I’m composing an e-mail right now for ya,” wrote Leah. Sarah in London told Rusty “to drop her a line.” Elizabeth wrote “I am hoping to find a soldier who is away from home just like you.”

On Aug. 14, another message appeared. “To everyone who has been in contact with Rusty Bell,” it said. “My name is Robert Holder and I am Rusty’s uncle. I regret to send this message to inform you all that Rusty was killed in Iraq.”

Army Spc. Rusty W. Bell, 21, of Pocahontas, Ark., died Aug. 12 from non-combat related injuries in Taji. He was based at Hunter Army Airfield.

“I loved his smile and his eyes,” Pocahontas High School Librarian Lin Hatch said, “and, he was so appreciative of any opportunity that was given to him.”

Bell’s mother says he loved to read, was a helicopter repair worker and was a member of the organization called Books for Soldiers. He also is survived by his wife.


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