Esau I. De la Pena-Hernandez, 25
Known as Esau to his immediate family, Ivan to family friends and “De La” to his military buddies, De La Peña was born in Mexico City and came to the U.S. as a teenager. He had served with the Marines before joining the Army in 2006. When he was killed, he was on his fourth combat tour, family members said. He and another soldier died after their unit was attacked with small-arms fire while on foot patrol in Chak in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org