Sergeant First Class Robert E. Rooney, 43, Plymouth
Rooney's passion was following the NASCAR circuit and his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. While he was stationed in Kuwait, a friend taped the races and sent them to him. Rooney was killed Sept. 25, 2003, in a forklift accident in Kuwait, where he had been stationed with his Massachusetts National Guard unit based in Bourne. Rooney was deployed with his unit to Kuwait in January. Besides his wife, Diane, survivors include two sons and a daughter.