Specialist Christopher S. Merchant, 32, Hardwick, Vt.
Merchant died March 1, 2006, while manning an observation post in Ramadi that was attacked by insurgents. He had served four years in the Army and three in the National Guard, ending in 1999, then rejoined the Guard in 2005, saying he wanted to make a difference. Relatives remembered him saving the life of his little brother Adam when they were young and taking the blame for things his younger brothers did. Guard colleagues remembered him as someone who could always make them laugh.