Marques I. Knight, 24
Standing 6-foot-5, Marques Knight had a friend ship high protein foods to Afghanistan to try to bulk up his lean frame. After a hard childhood, family members said he saw the military as a path to a college degree and realizing his dreams. He hoped to turn his interest in drawing and animation into a career. The goal, he wrote on his personal website: to one day run a Pixar-type business.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org