Corporal Nicholas Arvanitis, 22, Salem, N.H.
With combat experience in Afghanistan already under his belt, Arvanitis had an opportunity that would make the hearts of some soldiers leap: a chance to stay in the United States instead of shipping out to Iraq. "He had orders to be a recruiter, and he turned them down," said his sister, Kimberly Arvanitis. "He didn't want to be a desk guy -- his place was in the field, fighting with the others." Arvanitis, assigned to First Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division of of Fort Bragg, N.C., died Oct. 6, 2006, from injuries sustained when he encountered enemy fire in Bayji, Iraq.