Victor A. Dew, 20
Dew was one of four Marines from Camp Pendleton killed Oct. 13 by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold. He was on his first deployment and had been in Afghanistan just a few weeks. Family members say Dew had been preparing for duty since he was 12, when he first draped a giant Marine Corps flag over his bed. As a boy, he would sit for hours watching old war documentaries on the History Channel.
Sources: Times research, Defense Department, iCasualties.org