On August 27th, 2004 Specialist Colby was part of a convoy that was departing Camp Dodge, Iowa, bound for Ft. Hood, Texas for training that would prepare the unit for deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shortly after departing Camp Dodge the tractor trailer that Spc. Colby was traveling in wrecked, tragically killing both soldiers inside. Spc. Colby left behind a 4 month old daughter.
Dustin Colby is remembered by his mother as a person that could change the mood in the room, simply by his presence. His infectious smile and charm were his most shared gifts and had a positive effect on those around him. Colby joined the Iowa National Guard because he wanted to make a difference in the world, he wanted to do good.
The family of Dustin Colby will join the families of Keokuk County Deputy Eric Stein and Naval Chief Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson to be honored at the Country Thunder Iowa Music Festival that will take place in Forest City, Iowa June 11th thru 13th, 2022.
Thank you for your service to our country and for your sacrifice Spc. Dustin Colby. May God bless you and may you rest in peace.