We made a lot with a little. We had a lot of fun with the little money we had. He kept me out of a lot of trouble... he kept me grounded.
— Jose Martinez, childhood friend
Born in Mexico, Jimenez came to the U.S. with his mother and sisters when he was 11 to join his father. Before he went to Iraq, he applied for citizenship. It was granted after his death.
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Ray A. Ramirez, 20, Sacramento
Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, Hesperia
William J. Gilbert, 24, Hacienda Heights
Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, Palmdale
Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield
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