No matter what the situation was, he was happy. There was a bright light on him, all the time.
— Maggie Gonzalez, cousin
Gonzalez died April 25, in Balkh province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his vehicle rolled over.
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Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
Landon L. Jones, 35, Lompoc
Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, Fontana
Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, Santa Maria
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