On Veterans Day, which honors all American service members, the Los Angeles Times pays special tribute to the Californians among them who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Below is a selection of comments posted over the last year by those who knew and loved them. Hundreds more can be read on The Times' database, California's War Dead.
These memories remind us of the great sacrifices made in service to this country.
More than 6,700 members of the American military have died since the conflict in Afghanistan began in late 2001. Among them are 743 Californians and an additional 492 men and women who were assigned to bases in this state.
Source: California's War Dead
Credits: Megan Garvey, Maloy Moore, Ben Welsh