He loved what he was doing — he was doing everything he was trained to do and he loved it.
— Sonia Kelly, mother
Kelly was one of two soldiers killed June 25, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their units with small arms fire.
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who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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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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