Marcus A. Tynes, 19
Tynes had his heart set on someday wearing the navy blues of a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer. His Riverside County sheriff's Explorer program advisor had encouraged him to do a stint in the military first -- standard career advice for a would-be police officer. Tynes and paratrooper Army Sgt. James Nolen, 25, of Alvin, Texas were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy vehicle in southwest Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org