Jerry West Digital Collection

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West was from Chelyan, West Virginia in Kanawha County. He was a graduate of East Bank High School and the older brother of basketball legend Jerry West. In 1951 during the Korean War, David was mortally wounded in action.
West is pictured in front of a Japanese structure after he has made a recovery from hepatitis.  He was the older brother of basketball star Jerry West. David was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit. David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
David was brother to basketball star Jerry West. He died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
Sgt. David West was basketball star Jerry West's older brother. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit.  David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.