Jonathan D. Welch, 19
Welch was was one of two soldiers killed, Aug. 31, 2009, when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit in Shuyene Sufia in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. After struggling with drugs and direction, his parents said the Army helped him grow up. "My boy changed into a man. It was a pretty awesome thing to see," said his father, Ben Storll.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org