Trooper James Orville West Rests In Fiddler’s Green

Trooper Jimmy West was laid to rest and entered Fiddler’s Green to reminisce with his fellow troopers, as only a Buffalo Soldier can.

Following high school Trooper West entered the Army, then Navy, and then the Air Force! Something few of us have ever done. He was adventurous. He retired following 25 years of service with the United State Post Office.

An outdoorsman, Jimmy loved to fish and hunt. Loving horses, he was a member of the Alexander/Madison Chapter of Kansas City Area Buffalo Soldiers Association and the Rough Riders Saddle Club. Trooper James West was a Master Mason in Prudence Lodge #6 and served there for 25 years.

Trooper James Orville West passed away April 27, 2017 with his service and interment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery held on May 5, 2017.

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Trooper Rev. Willie Gene Bailey, Sr. Passed on to Fiddler’s Green

Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr married the love of his life and remained happily married to his wife Carnie for 73 years. Together they had seven children. After retirement from the Post

Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr married the love of his life and remained happily married to his wife Carnie for 73 years. Together they had seven children. After retirement from the Post Office, he again volunteered in the service of the Lord and became Pastor of several churches in Missouri. His seven children gave him and his wife eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A man of action Trooper Bailey distinguished himself in service as a Buffalo Soldier, PFC HQ Troop B, 9th Cavalry, and in Troop A, 10th Cavalry before volunteering for tank training. He defended his country in southwest Asiatic Pacific, Philippines, and in India. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was reassigned to the Air Force in Massachusetts. When General MacArthur visited his camp, he volunteered for tank training and became an expert with tanks. He went overseas in 1943 and spent time in combat in the Pacific. In 1945, Trooper Bailey was wounded and returned home to the United States.

Trooper Willie Gene Bailey, Sr. received the Good Conduct Medal, expert/sharpshooter, two Purple Hearts, Oak Clusters and American Service, an Honor Guard Citation from Mrs. Roosevelt and a Flag 76 for Beyond the Call of Duty from President Carter.

We know Trooper Bailey is resting well in the company and fellowship of his comrades in the cool, fresh fields of Fiddler’s Green. Rest in Peace Trooper Willie Gene Bailey.

Buffalo Soldier Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr.