Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Reed of Opelousas, LA served with the La. Army National Guard, 1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team out of New Roads, LA.

Jonathan R. Reed's family celebrated his birthday by sending him beef jerky, hot sauce and clippings from the sports page. On the phone, he never got to tell all his stories. "He told me, he said, the last time I talked to him, 'I've got a lot to tell you,'" his father Webster Reed recalled. Reed, age 25, died Jan. 28, 2005 in an explosion while on patrol in western Baghdad.

Reed graduated high school in 1998 and played on the football and baseball teams. He loved riding motorcycles and was a proud Louisiana State University fan who enjoyed tailgating. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Reed worked at a Wal-Mart and attended junior college in Eunice. He joined the National Guard five years ago to help pay for his schooling. He was unsure what he wanted to do after he getting home from Iraq, his father said. But he was considering a military career, learning to fly helicopters and becoming a state trooper. "He loved God, his country, LSU football, baseball. He was a good kid. He was a bright spot in our lives." Survivors include his wife, Desi, and son, Riley.

Support Our War Heroes is proud to honor Staff Sgt. Jonathan Reed for his courage and selfless sacrifice.