Veteran Showcase: Jeromy West is remembered by friends and family

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Best friends Eric Robbins, left and Ben Robinson celebrate with Jeromy West at his boot camp graduation in 2004. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Jeromy West is fondly remembered as a Hamilton High School football and wrestling star, best friend to many and the proud owner of a marvelous, mischievous sense of humor. During his senior year in 2004, West enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. A couple of weeks after graduation, he left for basic training. “I was scared,” his mother Lisa West-Klopf said. “I actually told his recruiter to leave him alone. He was only 17 and I wasn’t sure he knew what he was getting himself into.” Despite her objections, West said he really wanted to be a Marine, and she ended up signing the papers. Because he was 17, he required a parent’s signature to enlist. “We had been driving him down to the desert for spring ball,” West-Klopf said. “I was hoping he would change his mind and
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