Noah M. Korte, 29
Korte was one of three soldiers killed Dec. 27 in Paktia, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Korte, a military police officer, loved the Army. In his boot camp journal, he wrote of his pride each time he put on his uniform. "One of these days my parents will understand," he wrote.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org