Tyler R. Walshe, 21
Walshe, a machine gunner, was killed just weeks into his first tour when a roadside bomb exploded near him in southern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers from his brigade — Spc. Jonathan D. Welch , 19, of Yorba Linda and Pfc. Jordan M. Brochu, 20, of Cumberland, Maine — were killed in a separate attack the same day. Walshe wrote his wife regularly from the war zone. Two of his letters arrived after he died, as well as a postcard he had addressed to his daughter.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org