Rudolph R. Hizon, 21
Hizon died Feb. 28, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He had deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in October, according to officials at Ft. Polk where he was based. In addition to receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart among many other awards and decorations, Specialist Hizon also became a citizen of the United States posthumously on March 14.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org