We had only 14 days together between April and his death, but they were the best 14 days I ever had.
— Jennifer Salcido, widow
He married his longtime sweetheart 3 days before he deployed. He proposed to her on the roof of his house, calling it "the closest mountain he could find." And before he left in July, he hid notes for his new bride all over her home.
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Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, Hesperia
William J. Gilbert, 24, Hacienda Heights
Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, Palmdale
Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield
Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, San Diego
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