Daniel B. Hyde, 24
Hyde's ambition to become a leader began in the seventh grade, when he was voted class president. At Thomas Downey High School, he was a three-sport athlete, serving on at least one academic honor society while also serving as the first two-term student body president in the school's history. He graduated 23rd out of 968 cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He had been a platoon leader just two months when he was killed by a roadside bomb.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org