JACKSON, GA, USA
PFC, COMPANY B, 4TH BATTALION, 9TH INFANTRY, 4 BCT, FORT LEWIS, WA
TAJI, IRAQ 05/22/2007
Private First Class Robert Worthington of Jackson, Georgia was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington. PFC Worthington died May 22, 2007 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He was nineteen years old.
Before Robert A. Worthington left for Iraq, he entered a contest to see who could do the most push-ups and won tickets for a truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He and his father spent an evening talking about everything under the sun. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” played that evening, Worthington stood at attention. His father could see the pride glowing on his son’s face. “You know something might happen, but you never think it will,” said Robert Worthington. Robert was courageous, and strong. He was a driven man who was trying to make a better life for himself. Robert grew close to his sister Kaylin after their parents divorced five years ago. He hoped to hold his 6-month-old niece again and start college after returning from Iraq.
The Worthington family owns and operates the Worthington Tree Farm in Hampton, Georgia which serves as the central Georgia collection point for “Trees for Troops” every Christmas season.