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Since 2001, no Europe-based unit had been hit harder than the "Dagger" Brigade during deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan. One battalion lost 25 brothers-in-arms, another lost 20.

In all, 59 soldiers fell. The average age of the dead was just under 24.

The first, Pfc. Edwin Andino III, was killed Sept. 3, 2006. The last, Sgt. Kevin Gilbertson, died Aug. 31, 2007.

Spc. Daniel J. Agami, 25, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. Fiercely loyal to his heritage, Agami was affectionately known as “G.I. Jew” in his unit. With a love of music and DJ-ing, “Danny” had a sunny disposition and “thousands and thousands of friends” back home, his grandmother told the Miami Herald.

Spc. Daniel J. Agami

25, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. Fiercely loyal to his heritage, Agami was affectionately known as “G.I. Jew” in his unit. With a love of music and DJ-ing, “Danny” had a sunny disposition and “thousands and thousands of friends” back home, his grandmother told the Miami Herald.

Pfc. Daniel Joseph Allman II, 20, Canon, Ga., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Nov. 13, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near his vehicle. A responsible young father with a 2-year-old daughter, Allman was killed four days before a flight was to take him home for Thanksgiving vacation.

Pfc. Daniel

Joseph Allman II

20, Canon, Ga., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Nov. 13, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near his vehicle. A responsible young father with a 2-year-old daughter, Allman was killed four days before a flight was to take him home for Thanksgiving vacation.

Pfc. Edwin Anthony Andino II,23, Culpeper, Va., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment - Killed Sept. 3, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. A guitar player with a soft spot for heavy metal, Andino was killed exactly one year after enlisting in the Army. “He believed in why we were there,” a friend told the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

Pfc. Edwin

Anthony Andino II

23, Culpeper, Va., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Killed Sept. 3, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. A guitar player with a soft spot for heavy metal, Andino was killed exactly one year after enlisting in the Army. “He believed in why we were there,” a friend told the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

Sgt. Corey J. Aultz,31, Port Orchard, Wash., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment - Killed Jan. 30 in Ramadi, the victim of a roadside bomb. A member of 1-77 for more than a decade, Aultz was loved by his German neighbors, so much so that a bus was needed to bring them all to his memorial service. The consummate professional, Aultz was a beloved husband and father.

Sgt. Corey J. Aultz

31, Port Orchard, Wash., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Killed Jan. 30 in Ramadi, the victim of a roadside bomb. A member of 1-77 for more than a decade, Aultz was loved by his German neighbors, so much so that a bus was needed to bring them all to his memorial service. The consummate professional, Aultz was a beloved husband and father.

Pfc. Paul Balint Jr.,22, Willow Park, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Dec. 15, 2006, in Ramadi by small-arms fire. Coming from a family of proud servicemembers — an Air Force retiree father and an uncle and grandfather who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam — Balint told his family when he enlisted, “It’s my time.” (Willow Park Community News)

Pfc. Paul Balint Jr.

22, Willow Park, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Dec. 15, 2006, in Ramadi by small-arms fire. Coming from a family of proud servicemembers — an Air Force retiree father and an uncle and grandfather who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam — Balint told his family when he enlisted, “It’s my time.” (Willow Park Community News)

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bechert,24, New Castle, Ind., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Died June 14 of wounds received May 30 in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. A quiet man who drove his soldiers hard and drove himself harder, Bechert died a day before turning 25. A husband and father of a 2-year-old son, he received a Purple Heart during his first Iraq deployment.

Staff Sgt. Michael

A. Bechert

24, New Castle, Ind., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Died June 14 of wounds received May 30 in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. A quiet man who drove his soldiers hard and drove himself harder, Bechert died a day before turning 25. A husband and father of a 2-year-old son, he received a Purple Heart during his first Iraq deployment.

Cpl. Clinton Coy Blodgett, 19, Pekin, Ind.,1st Battalion,18th Infantry Regiment - Killed May 26 in Baghdad when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. “He always liked guns, hunting, driving four-wheelers. Over there, he was shooting guns and driving Humvees. He was doing all the things he loved to do,” Blodgett’s father told The Oklahoman.

Cpl. Clinton

Coy Blodgett

19, Pekin, Ind.,

1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 26 in Baghdad when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. “He always liked guns, hunting, driving four-wheelers. Over there, he was shooting guns and driving Humvees. He was doing all the things he loved to do,” Blodgett’s father told The Oklahoman.

Sgt. Edward L. Brooks,25, Dayton, Ohio,1st Battalion,77th Armor Regiment - Killed Aug. 29 in Ramadi, a victim of a suicide bomber. Brooks died with his best friend — and best man at his wedding — by his side. Both he and Sgt. Kevin A. Gilbertson were killed on the 364th day of their deployment.

Sgt. Edward L. Brooks

25, Dayton, Ohio,

1st Battalion,

77th Armor Regiment

Killed Aug. 29 in Ramadi, a victim of a suicide bomber. Brooks died with his best friend — and best man at his wedding — by his side. Both he and Sgt. Kevin A. Gilbertson were killed on the 364th day of their deployment.

Pfc. Joshua D. Brown,26, Tampa, Fla., 1st Battalion,18th Infantry Regiment - Killed June 2 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck an explosive. Feeling that the Iraqi people had lived under a dictator for too long and that he was helping them, the recently married Brown was glad to be serving. “He wanted to help, and that’s why he was over there,” Brown’s father told the St. Petersburg Times.

Pfc. Joshua

D. Brown

26, Tampa, Fla.,

1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 2 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck an explosive. Feeling that the Iraqi people had lived under a dictator for too long and that he was helping them, the recently married Brown was glad to be serving. “He wanted to help, and that’s why he was over there,” Brown’s father told the St. Petersburg Times.

Sgt. John T. Bubeck,25, Collegeville, Pa., 9th Engineer Battalion - Died Dec. 26, 2006, of injuries suffered during a roadside bomb explosion on Christmas Day. The last time Bubeck talked to his mother Judith — who was told of his death on her birthday — he said, “I’ll go hassle the neighbors now, and preserve freedom, and save the world.” “I could just picture him in his Superman cape,” Judith told the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Sgt. John T. Bubeck

25, Collegeville, Pa., 9th Engineer Battalion

Died Dec. 26, 2006, of injuries suffered during a roadside bomb explosion on Christmas Day. The last time Bubeck talked to his mother Judith — who was told of his death on her birthday — he said, “I’ll go hassle the neighbors now, and preserve freedom, and save the world.” “I could just picture him in his Superman cape,” Judith told the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond R. Buchan,33, Johnstown, Pa.,1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed July 1 in Ta’Meem when ambushed by small-arms fire. A platoon sergeant, Buchan had lived in Schweinfurt for seven years, loved his job and loved his soldiers. A husband and father of two young sons, he was described by his leaders as both a warrior and a diplomat.

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond R. Buchan

33, Johnstown, Pa.,

1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed July 1 in Ta’Meem when ambushed by small-arms fire. A platoon sergeant, Buchan had lived in Schweinfurt for seven years, loved his job and loved his soldiers. A husband and father of two young sons, he was described by his leaders as both a warrior and a diplomat.

Staff Sgt. Juan F. Campos,27, McAllen, Texas,1st Battalion,26th Infantry Regiment - Died June 1 of wounds received May 14 in Baghdad during a rocket-propelled grenade and roadside bomb attack. Campos’ family was with him as he fought for his life for 18 days, his wife telling him she was pregnant two days before he died. On his second Iraq tour, Campos re-enlisted for four more years.

Staff Sgt. Juan

F. Campos

27, McAllen, Texas,

1st Battalion,

26th Infantry Regiment

Died June 1 of wounds received May 14 in Baghdad during a rocket-propelled grenade and roadside bomb attack. Campos’ family was with him as he fought for his life for 18 days, his wife telling him she was pregnant two days before he died. On his second Iraq tour, Campos re-enlisted for four more years.

Spc. Zachary R. Clouser, 19, Dover, Pa., 1st Battalion,26th Infantry Regiment - Died July 18 in Adhamiyah during a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. One of seven siblings, Clouser loved hunting and fishing. When he left for Iraq, it was on his 19th birthday. When he died, he was less than three weeks away from his 20th.

Spc. Zachary

R. Clouser

19, Dover, Pa.,

1st Battalion,

26th Infantry Regiment

Died July 18 in Adhamiyah during a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. One of seven siblings, Clouser loved hunting and fishing. When he left for Iraq, it was on his 19th birthday. When he died, he was less than three weeks away from his 20th.

Sgt. Bacilio E. Cuellar, 24, Odessa, Texas,1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. With a mother and sister who called him “Bozzy,” a wife and three little boys, Cuellar was a proud family man. “There wasn’t a conversation that we ever had that he didn’t reference some time he was with (his wife) or the kids,” one of his buddies said.

Sgt. Bacilio E. Cuellar

24, Odessa, Texas,

1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. With a mother and sister who called him “Bozzy,” a wife and three little boys, Cuellar was a proud family man. “There wasn’t a conversation that we ever had that he didn’t reference some time he was with (his wife) or the kids,” one of his buddies said.

Spc. Ryan Scott Michael Dallam, 24, Norman, Okla.,1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck. A third-generation soldier, Dallam was quick-witted and wry, always having a funny story to tell. “He considered the guys in (his) platoon his heroes,” Dallam’s father told the Norman Transcript.

Spc. Ryan Scott Michael Dallam

24, Norman, Okla.,

1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck. A third-generation soldier, Dallam was quick-witted and wry, always having a funny story to tell. “He considered the guys in (his) platoon his heroes,” Dallam’s father told the Norman Transcript.

Sgt. Mario Kawika De Leon, 26, San Francisco, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Killed April 16 in Baghdad, the victim of small-arms fire. A proud husband and the father of a 2-year-old son, De Leon had previously served in Afghanistan. When he was done with his enlistment in 2010, he wanted to become a firefighter, his wife told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sgt. MarioKawika De Leon

26, San Francisco,1st Battalion,18th Infantry Regiment

Killed April 16 in Baghdad, the victim of small-arms fire. Aproudhusband andthefather of a 2-year-old son, De Leon had previously served in Afghanistan. When he was done with his enlistment in 2010, he wanted to become a firefighter, his wife told the SanFrancisco Chronicle.

Sgt. Shawn E. Dressler 22, Santa Maria, Calif., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment Killed June 2 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck an explosive. On his second Iraq tour, Dressler died three weeks before his first wedding anniversary. A third-generation servicemember, he and his wife had just bought a house in Georgia near her hometown.

Sgt. Shawn E. Dressler

22, Santa Maria, Calif., 1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 2 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck an explosive. On his second Iraq tour, Dressler died three weeks before his first wedding anniversary. A third-generation servicemember, he and his wife had just bought a house in Georgia near her hometown.

Spc. John Derek Flores 21, Barrigada, Guam, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed May 3 in Baghdad during a mortar attack. A skilled guitar player, Flores enlisted in the hopes of buying a home for his wife and year-old daughter in the States. Responsible and trustworthy, he was known for his willingness to stay late and help anyone in need.

Spc. John

Derek Flores

21, Barrigada, Guam, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 3 in Baghdad during a mortar attack. A skilled guitar player, Flores enlisted in the hopes of buying a home for his wife and year-old daughter in the States. Responsible and trustworthy, he was known for his willingness to stay late and help anyone in need.

Pfc. Alberto Garcia,23, Bakersfield, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed March 13 in Baghdad during a small arms-fire and improvised bomb attack. A quiet, religious young man, Garcia was an active member of Valley Bible Fellowship in his hometown. A family man, Garcia’s two older sisters had made him an uncle seven times over. He also left behind a fiance.

Pfc. Alberto Garcia

23, Bakersfield, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed March 13 in Baghdad during a small arms-fire and improvised bomb attack. A quiet, religious young man, Garcia was an active member of Valley Bible Fellowship in his hometown. A family man, Garcia’s two older sisters had made him an uncle seven times over. He also left behind a fiance.

Sgt. Kevin A. Gilbertson,24, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment Died Aug. 31 in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds receive Aug. 29 in Ramadi during a suicide bomb attack. On his second Iraq tour, “Gilmoe,” as Gilbertson was known, left behind a wife and 8-month-old son. The blast that killed him also took the life of his best friend, Sgt. Edward L. Brooks.

Sgt. Kevin A. Gilbertson

24, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Died Aug. 31 in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds receive Aug. 29 in Ramadi during a suicide bomb attack. On his second Iraq tour, “Gilmoe,” as Gilbertson was known, left behind a wife and 8-month-old son. The blast that killed him also took the life of his best friend, Sgt. Edward L. Brooks.

Sgt. Felix G. Gonzalez-Iraheta 25, Sun Valley, Calif., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment Killed May 3 in Baghdad during a mortar attack. Already an Iraq veteran, Gonzalez-Iraheta — “Gonzo” to his buddies — was an expert mechanic able to memorize vehicle schematics. Born in El Salvador, the husband and father of two had been a U.S. citizen for a year when he died.

Sgt. Felix G.

Gonzalez-Iraheta

25, Sun Valley, Calif., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 3 in Baghdad during a mortar attack. Already an Iraq veteran, Gonzalez-Iraheta — “Gonzo” to his buddies — was an expert mechanic able to memorize vehicle schematics. Born in El Salvador, the husband and father of two had been a U.S. citizen for a year when he died.

Spc. Marieo Guerrero 30, Fort Worth, Texas, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment Killed March 17 in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near the vehicle he was driving. His sisters, brother and wife of seven months would always look to him in times of trouble. “When something happened, we always ran to Marieo,” Guerrero’s sister told the Dallas Morning News.

Spc. Marieo Guerrero

30, Fort Worth, Texas, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed March 17 in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near the vehicle he was driving. His sisters, brother and wife of seven months would always look to him in times of trouble. “When something happened, we always ran to Marieo,” Guerrero’s sister told the Dallas Morning News.

Spc. Daniel Enrique Gomez 21, Warner Robins, Ga., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment Died July 18 in Adhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. A combat medic, Gomez had just returned to Iraq from midtour leave. His father told the Macon Telegraph that “Doc” Gomez spent his whole vacation saying he needed to get back and help his buddies.

Spc. Daniel

Enrique Gomez

21, Warner Robins, Ga., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Died July 18 in Adhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack.

A combat medic, Gomez had just returned to Iraq from midtour leave. His father told the Macon Telegraph that “Doc” Gomez spent his whole vacation saying he needed to get back and help his buddies.

Spc. Richard Gilmore III, 22, Jasper, Ala., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment: Died July 18 in Adhamiyah during a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. Joining the Army to be like his father, Gilmore had a wife and two children of his own. So many people attended his funeral, it was held at a high school football stadium.

Spc. Richard

Gilmore III

22, Jasper, Ala., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Died July 18 in Adhamiyah during a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack.

Joining the Army to be like his father, Gilmore had a wife and two children of his own. So many people attended his

funeral, it was held at a high school football stadium.

Sgt. Milton Anthony Gist Jr., 27, St. Louis, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment Killed Jan. 30 in Ramadi, victim of a roadside bomb. “Whatever he did, he did with style and passion,” Gist’s commander said. A cook by trade, he had a knack for making the mundane seem gourmet. Gist left behind a wife, a 4-year-old and a 15-month-old.

Sgt. Milton

Anthony Gist Jr.

27, St. Louis, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Killed Jan. 30 in Ramadi, victim of a roadside bomb.

“Whatever he did, he did with style and passion,” Gist’s commander said. A cook by trade, he had a knack for making

the mundane seem gourmet. Gist left behind a wife, a 4-year-old and a 15-month-old.

Died July 18 in Adhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. “Goot” to his friends, Gutierrez-Rosales had planned to marry his fiance while on leave after returning from Iraq. The platoon sergeant was also father to an 8-year-old daughter.

Sgt. 1st Class Luis E. Gutierrez-Rosales

38, Bakersfield, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Died July 18 in Adhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. “Goot” to his friends, Gutierrez-Rosales had planned to marry his fiance while on leave after returning from Iraq. The platoon sergeant was also father to an 8-year-old daughter.

Killed May 14 in Baghdad during a grenade improvised bomb attack. With dreams of attending West Point, Hartge had a fondness for racing cars, and was nicknamed “Hitman” in Iraq because he always seemed run into things when he drove.

Spc. Nicholas

S. Hartge

20, Rome City, Ind., 1st Battalion,

26th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 14 in Baghdad during a grenade improvised bomb attack. With dreams of attending West Point, Hartge had a fondness for racing cars, and was nicknamed “Hitman” in Iraq because he always seemed run into things when he drove.

Spc. Anthony D. Hebert, 19, Lake City, Minn., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment- Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. An excellent golfer, Hebert kept his buddies laughing. He created his own award, the coveted “Hebert Tab,” which was given to those who could make him laugh too.

Spc. Anthony

D. Hebert

19, Lake City, Minn., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. An excellent golfer, Hebert kept his buddies laughing. He created his own award, the coveted “Hebert Tab,” which was given to those who could make him laugh too.

Spc. Jordan William Hess, 26, Marysville, Wash., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment - Died Dec. 4, 2006, San Antonio, Texas, from injuries caused by a Nov. 11 roadside bomb in Ta’Meem. The seventh of eight children, Hess had learned glass-blowing because it seemed interesting. The quiet soldier fought for his life for 19 days.

Spc. Jordan

William Hess

26, Marysville, Wash., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Died Dec. 4, 2006, San Antonio, Texas, from injuries caused by a Nov. 11 roadside bomb in Ta’Meem. The seventh of eight children, Hess had learned glass-blowing because it seemed interesting. The quiet soldier fought for his life for 19 days.

Pfc. Ryan J. Hill

20, Keizer, Ore., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Jan. 20 in Baghdad by a roadside bomb explosion. A young man who always put others before himself and treated everyone he met like family, Hill would send portions of his private-sized paycheck home to his mother every month.

Sgt. Lawrance James Carter,25, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed Dec. 29, 2006, in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Carter was a dedicated soldier. He was on his fourth tour of duty, having fought in Afghanistan twice and Iraq once before.

Sgt. Lawrance

James Carter

25, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed Dec. 29, 2006, in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. Following in his older brother’s footsteps, Carter was a dedicated soldier. He was on his fourth tour of duty, having fought in Afghanistan twice and Iraq once before.

Pfc. Eric Matthew Kavanagh, 20, Glen Burnie, Md., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Sept. 20, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. Always going above and beyond his duties, Kavanagh was, “a gentle soul … (with) a smile so strong it beamed with love, enthusiasm and compassion.” (Baltimore Sun)

Pfc. Eric

Matthew Kavanagh

20, Glen Burnie, Md., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Sept. 20, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. Always going above and beyond his duties, Kavanagh was, “a gentle soul … (with) a smile so strong it beamed with love, enthusiasm and compassion.” (Baltimore Sun)

Pfc. Jang Ho Kim, 20, Placentia, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Nov. 13, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near his vehicle. Kim had joined the Army looking for a challenge. Active in his local church and a fan of computer programming and gaming, he and his family had moved to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea, in 1990.

Pfc. Jang Ho Kim

20, Placentia, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Nov. 13, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb exploded near his vehicle. Kim had joined the Army looking for a challenge. Active in his local church and a fan of computer programming and gaming, he and his family had moved to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea, in 1990.

Spc. Louis G. Kim, 19, West Covina, Calif., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Feb. 20 in Ramadi when attacked by small-arms fire. Enthralled with the Army his whole life, Kim snuck into the Rated-R “Saving Private Ryan” when he was in junior high. He had dreams of a post-military law enforcement career. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Spc. Louis G. Kim

19, West Covina, Calif.,

1st Battalion,

26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Feb. 20 in Ramadi when attacked by small-arms fire. Enthralled with the Army his whole life, Kim snuck into the Rated-R “Saving Private Ryan” when he was in junior high. He had dreams of a post-military law enforcement career. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. Proud of his American Indian heritage, Leemhuis was equally proud to be a soldier. A standout basketball player, he wanted to return to his hometown after his enlistment to “make a difference.”

Spc. Thomas

Ray Leemhuis

23, Binger, Okla., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. Proud of his American Indian heritage, Leemhuis was equally proud to be a soldier. A standout basketball player, he wanted to return to his hometown after his enlistment to “make a difference.”

Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck. The youngest man in his unit, Lopez-Rodriguez had only been with his unit for seven months. He was a proud young soldier who made sure to visit his high school in uniform before he left for Iraq.

Pfc. Damian

Lopez-Rodriguez

19, Tucson, Ariz., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck. The youngest man in his unit, Lopez-Rodriguez had only been with his unit for seven months. He was a proud young soldier who made sure to visit his high school in uniform before he left for Iraq.

Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. Married by proxy in January 2007, Lundin was waiting for November to have a real ceremony with his young wife. “He could show warmness and openness that made him endearing to so many people,” Lundin’s supervisor said.

Spc. James

E. Lundin

20, Bellport, N.Y., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. Married by proxy in January 2007, Lundin was waiting for November to have a real ceremony with his young wife. “He could show warmness and openness that made him endearing to so many people,” Lundin’s supervisor said.

Pfc. Chad Eugene Marsh, 20, Wichita, Kan., 1st Battalion,26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Feb. 18 in Baghdad when a grenade was thrown at his vehicle. The youngest of four siblings and a Jr. ROTC member in high school, Marsh joined the Army within weeks of turning 18. After completing his enlistment, he wanted to return to Wichita and continue serving as a policeman.

Pfc. Chad

Eugene Marsh

20, Wichita, Kan., 1st Battalion,

26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Feb. 18 in Baghdad when a grenade was thrown at his vehicle. The youngest of four siblings and a Jr. ROTC member in high school, Marsh joined the Army within weeks of turning 18. After completing his enlistment, he wanted to return to Wichita and continue serving as a policeman.

Staff Sgt. Virgil Chance Martinez,33, West Valley, Utah, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment - Killed May 6 in Kadhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. A father of five, Martinez was on his second deployment to Iraq. “He was a loving husband and father first, a dedicated, caring, proficient and excellent leader, and a great friend,” said one of his closest buddies.

Staff Sgt. Virgil

Chance Martinez

33, West Valley, Utah, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment

Killed May 6 in Kadhamiyah in a roadside bomb and small-arms fire attack. A father of five, Martinez was on his second deployment to Iraq. “He was a loving husband and father first, a dedicated, caring, proficient and excellent leader, and a great friend,” said one of his closest buddies.

Spc. Sean K. McDonald,21, Rosemount, Minn., 9th Engineer Battalion - Killed March 25 in Baghdad by a roadside bomb while on road-clearance patrol. Known as “Mickey D,” McDonald was so competent that he was made a team leader while still a private first class. Never asking for recognition from his leaders and peers, he was always given respect.

Spc. Sean

K. McDonald

21, Rosemount, Minn., 9th Engineer Battalion

Killed March 25 in Baghdad by a roadside bomb while on road-clearance patrol. Known as “Mickey D,” McDonald was so competent that he was made a team leader while still a private first class. Never asking for recognition from his leaders and peers, he was always given respect.

Spc. Ross Andrew McGinnis,19, Knox, Pa., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Dec. 4, 2006, in Baghdad when a grenade was thrown into his truck. He joined the Army on his 17th birthday — the first day he could. Awarded the Silver Star for smothering the grenade that killed him, he saved the lives of four others and has been recommended for the Medal of Honor.

Spc. Ross

Andrew McGinnis

19, Knox, Pa., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Dec. 4, 2006, in Baghdad when a grenade was thrown into his truck. He joined the Army on his 17th birthday — the first day he could. Awarded the Silver Star for smothering the grenade that killed him, he saved the lives of four others and has been recommended for the Medal of Honor.

1st Sgt. Jeffrey R. McKinney,40, Garland, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Died July 11 in Adhamiyah of a noncombat incident. Promoted to master sergeant before he died, McKinney was to take the first sergeant job of 1-26’s Company A. The 19-year veteran left behind a wife and two sons.

1st Sgt. Jeffrey

R. McKinney

40, Garland, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Died July 11 in Adhamiyah of a noncombat incident. Promoted to master sergeant before he died, McKinney was to take the first sergeant job of 1-26’s Company A. The 19-year veteran left behind a wife and two sons.

Sgt. Jason L. Merrill,22, Mesa, Ariz., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment - Killed Sept. 3, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. An “all-American kid who grew up when he joined the military,” Merrill loved kids and dreams of becoming a pediatrician. (Arizona Republic)

Sgt. Jason L. Merrill

22, Mesa, Ariz., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Killed Sept. 3, 2006, in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. An “all-American kid who grew up when he joined the military,” Merrill loved kids and dreams of becoming a pediatrician. (Arizona Republic)

Sgt. Willsun M. Mock,23, Harper, Kan., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Oct. 22, 2006, in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. A strapping, red-headed, rural Kansan with an affinity for Superman, Mock lived by an ancient Roman code, with “strength” tattooed up one arm and “honor” down the other.

Sgt. Willsun M. Mock

23, Harper, Kan., 1st Battalion, 26th InfantryRegiment

Killed Oct. 22, 2006, in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. A strapping, red-headed, rural Kansan with an affinity for Superman, Mock lived by an ancient Roman code, with “strength” tattooed up one arm and “honor” down the other.

Sgt. Alphonso Junior Montenegro II, 22, Far Rockaway, N.Y., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. After his father left when he was little, “Monte” took great care to protect his mother and sister. He treated the soldiers in his platoon the same way.

Sgt. Alphonso

Junior Montenegro II

22, Far Rockaway, N.Y., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 21 in Baghdad when his Bradley was hit by a roadside bomb. After his father left when he was little, “Monte” took great care to protect his mother and sister. He treated the soldiers in his platoon the same way.

Pfc. Joshua M. Moore,20, Russelville, Ky., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. On leave just weeks before his death, Moore had purchased a new truck. Aware of the danger he was in, he had also left behind hand-written instructions should he be killed. As he’d asked, Moore’s body was driven through his hometown in his truck.

Pfc. Joshua

M. Moore

20, Russelville, Ky., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed May 30 in Baghdad when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. On leave just weeks before his death, Moore had purchased a new truck. Aware of the danger he was in, he had also left behind hand-written instructions should he be killed. As he’d asked, Moore’s body was driven through his hometown in his truck.

Staff Sgt. Joe A. Narvaez,25, San Antonio, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Oct. 2, 2006, in Baghdad by sniper fire. Stocky and powerful at 5 feet, 8 inches and 190 lbs, Narvaez — on his second Iraq tour — was remembered by his high school football buddies as someone who balanced a powerful punch with a tremendous heart. (San Antonio Express-News)

Staff Sgt. Joe

A. Narvaez

25, San Antonio, Texas, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Oct. 2, 2006, in Baghdad by sniper fire. Stocky and powerful at 5 feet, 8 inches and 190 lbs, Narvaez — on his second Iraq tour — was remembered by his high school football buddies as someone who balanced a powerful punch with a tremendous heart. (San Antonio Express-News)

Spc. Christopher T. Neiberger,22, Gainesville, Fla., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed Aug. 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his truck. A little brother to many of the men in his platoon, Neiberger was a history buff and great European traveling companion. Often called “Nei-Bear” by his buddies, he was an Eagle Scout with aspirations of teaching.

Spc. Christopher

T. Neiberger

22, Gainesville, Fla., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed Aug. 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his truck. A little brother to many of the men in his platoon, Neiberger was a history buff and great European traveling companion. Often called “Nei-Bear” by his buddies, he was an Eagle Scout with aspirations of teaching.

Pfc. Andrew H. Nelson,19, Saint Johns, Mich., 9th Engineer Battalion - Killed on Dec. 25, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near his vehicle. His platoon leader called him an “old-school” soldier, who could have stormed the beaches during D-Day. A young husband, Nelson had dreams of becoming a helicopter crew chief.

Pfc. Andrew

H. Nelson

19, Saint Johns, Mich., 9th Engineer Battalion

Killed on Dec. 25, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near his vehicle. His platoon leader called him an “old-school” soldier, who could have stormed the beaches during D-Day. A young husband, Nelson had dreams of becoming a helicopter crew chief.

Pfc. William Robert Newgard,20, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Dec. 29, 2006, in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. With a lifelong interest in the military, Newgard was destined to become a soldier. “He really loved (the Army). It was his dream,” Newgard’s girlfriend told the Chicago Tribune.

Pfc. William

Robert Newgard

20, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Dec. 29, 2006, in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. With a lifelong interest in the military, Newgard was destined to become a soldier. “He really loved (the Army). It was his dream,” Newgard’s girlfriend told the Chicago Tribune.

Cpl. Eric G. Palacios-Rivera, 21, Atlantic City, N.J., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed Nov. 14, 2006, in Ramadi when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire. After a military career, Palacios-Rivera wanted to patrol his hometown as a cop. In hopes she wouldn’t worry, he hadn’t told his mother he was on his second tour to Iraq.

Cpl. Eric G.

Palacios-Rivera

21, Atlantic City, N.J., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed Nov. 14, 2006, in Ramadi when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire. After a military career, Palacios-Rivera wanted to patrol his hometown as a cop. In hopes she wouldn’t worry, he hadn’t told his mother he was on his second tour to Iraq.

Capt. Anthony Palermo Jr.,27, Brockton, Mass., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck, two weeks before his first child was due. “(He) was the kind of man who commanded respect, and to whom people would stand for when meeting,” one of Palermo’s leaders said of him.

Capt. Anthony Palermo Jr.

27, Brockton, Mass., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed April 6 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit his truck, two weeks before his first child was due. “(He) was the kind of man who commanded respect, and to whom people would stand for when meeting,” one of Palermo’s leaders said of him.

Spc. Aaron L. Preston,29, Dallas, 9th Engineer Battalion- Killed on Dec. 25, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near his vehicle. Joining the Army when he was 26, Preston was called “gramps” by members of his unit because of his maturity and attention to detail. Trained in demolitions, he hoped to use his skills in the oil or mining business. (Dallas Morning News)

Spc. Aaron

L. Preston

29, Dallas, 9th Engineer Battalion

Killed on Dec. 25, 2006, in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near his vehicle. Joining the Army when he was 26, Preston was called “gramps” by members of his unit because of his maturity and attention to detail. Trained in demolitions, he hoped to use his skills in the oil or mining business. (Dallas Morning News)

Staff Sgt. Michael L. Ruoff Jr.,31, Yosemite, Calif., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment - Killed July 1 in Ta’Meem when ambushed by small-arms fire. Son of a Vietnam veteran, Ruoff was a dedicated husband and father of two girls. A 13-year veteran, he had fallen in love with Colorado while stationed there and planned on moving with his family after his time in Iraq was done. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Staff Sgt. Michael

L. Ruoff Jr.

31, Yosemite, Calif., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment

Killed July 1 in Ta’Meem when ambushed by small-arms fire. Son of a Vietnam veteran, Ruoff was a dedicated husband and father of two girls. A 13-year veteran, he had fallen in love with Colorado while stationed there and planned on moving with his family after his time in Iraq was done. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Staff Sgt. Garth D. Sizemore,31, Mount Sterling, Ky., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed Oct. 17, 2006, in Baghdad by small-arms fire. Married for less than a year, Sizemore was in Iraq for the second time. “He possessed a perfect balance of a work-play attitude, which was exactly what the young soldiers of his squad needed,” Sizemore’s commander said.

Staff Sgt. Garth

D. Sizemore

31, Mount Sterling, Ky., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed Oct. 17, 2006, in Baghdad by small-arms fire. Married for less than a year, Sizemore was in Iraq for the second time. “He possessed a perfect balance of a work-play attitude, which was exactly what the young soldiers of his squad needed,” Sizemore’s commander said.

Staff Sgt. Karl O. Soto-Pinedo, 22, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed Feb. 27 in Baghdad by small-arms fire while on patrol. The largest man in his company, one fellow soldier said he looked like “one of those marble statues of an ancient Greek warrior.” A humble and caring husband, Soto-Pinedo died doing what he loved.

Staff Sgt. Karl

O. Soto-Pinedo

22, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1st Battalion,

18th Infantry Regiment

Killed Feb. 27 in Baghdad by small-arms fire while on patrol. The largest man in his company, one fellow soldier said he looked like “one of those marble statues of an ancient Greek warrior.” A humble and caring husband, Soto-Pinedo died doing what he loved.

Spc. Lucas Vincent Starcevich, 25, Canton, Ill., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment - Killed April 16 in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. “The infantry is gritty, grimy ... but I love it,” Starcevich would tell family and friends. Known as “Star” in his unit, he was always playing music. If he was out at a club and didn’t like what they were playing, he’d pop in his headphones, a friend said.

Spc. Lucas

Vincent Starcevich

25, Canton, Ill., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

Killed April 16 in Baghdad during a roadside bomb attack. “The infantry is gritty, grimy ... but I love it,” Starcevich would tell family and friends. Known as “Star” in his unit, he was always playing music. If he was out at a club and didn’t like what they were playing, he’d pop in his headphones, a friend said.

Sgt. Kimel L. Watt, 21, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment - Killed June 3 in Abu Ghraib by a roadside bomb. One of the reasons Watt, who was born in Jamaica, enlisted was to become a U.S. citizen. He was killed one month before his naturalization ceremony. The youngest noncommissioned officer in his platoon, Watt was one of 12 siblings.

Sgt. Kimel L. Watt

21, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment

Killed June 3 in Abu Ghraib by a roadside bomb. One of the reasons Watt, who was born in Jamaica, enlisted was to become a U.S. citizen. He was killed one month before his naturalization ceremony. The youngest noncommissioned officer in his platoon, Watt was one of 12 siblings.

Sgt. Ryan M. Wood,22, Oklahoma City, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment - Killed June 21 in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. Wood loved to draw. Days before he died, he had been accepted to the University of Central Oklahoma, where he hoped to attend and study art. A natural leader, he was fearless and well-loved by his men.

Sgt. Ryan M. Wood

22, Oklahoma City, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Killed June 21 in Baghdad in a roadside bomb blast. Wood loved to draw. Days before he died, he had been accepted to the University of Central Oklahoma, where he hoped to attend and study art. A natural leader, he was fearless and well-loved by his men.

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