Florence B. Choe, 35
Choe was killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military base in Afghanistan, under circumstances that are under investigation. Choe, whose father served in the Navy, went to a Navy recruiter just days at the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was commissioned five months later.
She had volunteered for duty in Afghanistan, even though it meant a year away from her husband and their 3-year old young daughter.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org