Brian J. Pedro, 27

Ever since he graduated from high school in 2002, Pedro had wanted to follow his grandfather and stepfather — both of whom served in the Marine Corps — into the military. But when the war in Iraq began, his grandmother talked him out of it. He worked odd jobs for several years before finally enlisting in the Army in 2006. Pedro was killed Oct. 2 when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Afghanistan's Baghlan province, northwest of Kabul.

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