Raul Moncada, 29
Moncada was killed April 13 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle near Baghdad. After a 10-year military career, he had planned to return in July to Madera, where he hoped to buy a home and settle down with his girlfriend, Tina, who is due to give birth that month to a daughter, his second. His death brought together the small, agricultural town north of Fresno where Moncada's family moved in the late 1990s.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org