Jason M. Weaver, 22
Weaver died March 3 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. After Weaver graduated high school in 2007, he decided to get in shape to join the Army. He lost 60 pounds, quit his job at a local grocery store and enlisted in January 2008. Specialist Weaver was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org