James D. Boelk, 24
Boelk was killed Oct. 15 by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold. A rifleman, he enlisted in March 2009, and was on his first combat deployment. Boelk's death marked the eighth fatality in his battalion, Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in one week of combat in Afghanistan.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org