Megan M. McClung, 34
She could not simply enter a room. She bounced and bounded in, ready to meet anyone and anything with an optimistic tenacity that intimidated some, but inspired many.
— Fellow officer, quoted in "A Soldier's Dream" by William Doyle
McClung was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near her Humvee in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The public affairs officer, who was escorting reporters in a convoy, was the first female Marine officer to be killed in the war. McClung was born in Hawaii, but grew up in Orange County, Calif. where she attended high school.