Military officials say a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated on Sunday in Iraq.
Cpl. Christopher J. West, 26, of Arlington, Texas, was a combat medic with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He was on a dismounted patrol when the device exploded.
West was a graduate of Texas A&M who joined the Army in January 2007. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
Survivors include his parents from Arlington, Texas.