The City of Daleville is mourning Tuesday after hearing one of their own died over the weekend in Iraq. The fallen soldier will be remembered as a good soldier and a good citizen doing what he loved.
Iraqi insurgents shot down an U.S. helicopter south of Baghdad killing two American pilots Sunday.
One of the soldier's killed was CW5 Jamie Weeks who grew up in Daleville.
“Got news yesterday but he was doing what he loved to do last time I saw him he was fishing and said he loved what he was doing,” said Joe Guthrie.
Joe Guthrie has been a junior ROTC instructor for 14 years at Daleville High School, “Good soldier good pilot both flew the apache good to be around.” He served together with CW5 Weeks in Desert Storm.
Weeks was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with his wife and four children for the last 10 years.
However Weeks' father was on the Daleville school board and his mother drove a school bus and still substitute teaches there.
Weeks’ family friend Jan Robertson said, “It’s sad it brings it close to home you can watch CNN all day but this makes it more like reality.”
The reality is the recent attack raised the number of us military deaths to at least 2,428 since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.
Weeks' wife Robin is also from Daleville. A memorial service for Weeks will be held at Ft. Campbell Kentucky on Thursday.