SPC5 Stirling E. West
Branch of Service: Army
Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)
Years of Service: 1971=
Stirling (Scotty) is my brother and served honorably in VietNam for one year. During that time he was exposed to Agent Orange which resulted in a rare form of leukemia some 30 years later. He was diagnosed in December 2009 and was given 90 days to live. What is remarkable is that he is still very much alive almost 3 years later. I have always been amazed at his courage, fortitude, and insistence on living. Although he lost his business as a result of his disease, he continues to inspire me. He is on disability and has spent time in chemotherapy. Today he spends his days in a recliner and does not have the strength to go upstairs to his “man cave” where his computer and ham radio are. In spite of his disability he is usually cheerful, optimistic and enthusiastically interested in the world at large. I admire those qualities and salute him as a fellow veteran.
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