Curtis R. Spivey, 25
Spivey died seven months after being paralyzed in a roadside explosion. While in the hospital, he spoke to a reporter about his love of being a soldier and also about his doubts: "We should have been out of there a long time ago. We set up their government; now it's up to them. It's their country." Spivey had joined the Marine Corps after high school graduation and did two tours in Iraq before leaving the military. He enlisted in the Army after realizing civilian life was not for him.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org