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.

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