Robert "Bobby" T. Ayres III, 23
When they started taking heavy fire, he pushed his men into the doorway of a house and spun around to return fire, to cover his troops as they moved. That's when he was hit. He died protecting the men he led.
— Sgt. Christopher Sanders, in an e-mail to Ayres' sister
Sanders, the sergeant who emailed Ayres' sister, was killed three months later when an improvised bomb exploded in Sinsil, Iraq. As a teenager, Ayres served as a volunteer gardener at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood. He is now buried there.