Jonathan Antonio Vega Yelner, 24
Yelner was proud of his Jewish and Puerto Rican heritage. His many interests included lacrosse, martial arts and role-playing games. When Yelner achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2002, his mom helped him find a quote for his speech. He chose Shakespeare: "Be not afraid of greatness."
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org