Private First Class John D. Hart, 20, Bedford
Hart was killed Oct. 18, 2003, in an ambush in Taza. He had told his parents in a phone call that he was a little uneasy about a special mission he was going on, worried about a lack of protective armor on his company's Humvees. He had been especially proud of achieving airborne certification in April. He was captain of his high school rifle team and serving in ROTC all four years. Friends and family remembered his love for his two sisters and his philanthropic urge to rescue an injured skunk.