New England's War Dead: Afghanistan
Sergeant William J. Tracy, 27, Webster, N.H.
Tracy, who grew up in Weare and Webster, died in a helicopter crash in Kuwait Feb. 24, 2003, a day before his 28th birthday. He hadn't been home since 2001, but kept in touch with family through phone calls, letters, and e-mail. He loved meeting people from around the world and brought toys and gifts with him so they would think well of the United States.