He wasn't just a soldier. He was a good person. We lost a good person.
— Karyn Stone, mother
Marta was one of three soldiers killed May 7, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.
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Edward Balli, 42, Monterey
Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, Fairhaven, Mass.
Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
Landon L. Jones, 35, Lompoc
Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
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