Brett W. Land, 24
Land died Oct. 30 in the Zhari district, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Land was a standout wrestler for Bakersfield High and a member of the school's 2004 state championship team. Land's daughter was born Oct. 15, days before he was killed. Specialist Brett W. Land was posthumously promoted to corporal.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org