Douglas J. Jeffries Jr., 20
He never told anybody — and we didn't find out until after he was killed — that he carried a full-size American flag in his backpack in Afghanistan.
— Douglas Jeffries Sr., father
Jeffries and Specialist Koran P. Contreras, 21, of Lawndale were killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Jeffries aspired to be a forest firefighter, but joined the Army in 2009 after graduation because he wanted to serve his country.