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Sgt. Lakeshia M. Bailey

September 30, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Sgt. Lakeshia Bailey of Luverne, Alabama.

According to Sgt Bailey’s Find-A-Grave page:

Bailey of Columbus, Ga., and Ft. Mitchell, Alabama was the first born child of Tony and Phyliss Bailey. She was a 2004 graduate of William H. Spencer High School and a member of the Rock West Baptist Church in Greenville, AL. She spent most of her life traveling abroad with her parents during her fathers military career. She enjoyed helping others and this fueled her desire to join the U.S. Army in February 2006. Sgt. Bailey loved the U.S. Army and rose quickly through the ranks. “Sha” died March 8 north of Al Kut, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. They were assigned to the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

According to the Military Times:

Sgt. 1st Class Allen Battle, who served with Bailey on her first deployment to Iraq in 2007, said she was fearless around what he called “Iraq’s worst criminals.” “When I say tough, she would take grown men down to the ground,” Battle said. “That’s how strong she was and that’s how committed she was to her job.”

Bailey’s love for the military grew while traveling around the world with her parents while her father was in the service. She enlisted in February 2006.

The woman known for flashing a white, wide smile was described as a little sister by her comrades.

“She had a way of lighting up a room when she walked in,” said Sgt. Brett Quinn. “It didn’t matter if everyone was in a bad mood or not, when Bailey walked in she was going to talk to everyone and she was going to make you talk to her.”

Bailey is survived by her husband, Harrison Bateman, parents and numerous other relatives.

Today, Lakeshia lies in rest at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Alabama. Her family remembers her as their own silver lining. Her comrades remember her for her bravery and her happiness. We will forever remember her as an American Hero.

 

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