Blue C. Rowe, 33
Rowe had one more mission to complete in the eastern part of Afghanistan before he would meet his family in Washington, D.C., for a sightseeing trip. On May 26, just four days after his 33rd birthday, a suicide bomber in an explosives-rigged car rammed into his convoy. He was one of three U.S. soldiers and three civilians killed in the attack. He is survived by his wife and 7-year old son who live in Whittier.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org