Lance Corporal Kurt E. Dechen, 24, Springfield, Vt.
Dechen loved Corvettes from a young age. When he was 16, he bought his first Corvette with money he had saved from years of shoveling snow and mowing his neighbors' lawns. Most afternoons, Dechen could be found tinkering with the Corvette in his driveway, with his older brother and father on hand to help. Dechen died Aug. 4, 2006, from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province.