David H. Gutierrez, 35
I woke up Christmas morning. But when the knock came, it wasn't Christmas anymore.
— Patty Gutierrez, wife to San Jose Mercury News
Gutierrez died Christmas Day at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, after insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised explosive device in Howz-e Madad. His wife told the San Jose Mercury News that their three sons, ages 12, 6 and 4, had last seen their father via Webcam on Christmas Eve and Guitierrez was able to watch the boys open their presents.