Sgt. 1st Class Kurt J. Comeaux served in the La. Army National Guard, 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) based in Lafayette, LA.

Kurt Comeaux did everything he could for his wife Tiffiny and their three children. "He was like Mr. Dad who also worked a full-time job," said his mother-in-law, Karen Gunn. Comeaux, 34, of Raceland, La., died Jan. 6 when a roadside bomb exploded in northwest Baghdad. He was based in Lafayette, La.

Returning home in June, 2003, he soon volunteered for a special training operation in Australia.  Completing that mission, he signed on active duty with the Inspector/Instructor Staff, 3rd Pltn. 4th AABN, Alpha Co, where he took pride in his work with the Marine Corps.

1st. Lt. Christopher W. Barnett served in the Louisiana Army National Guard, 1st Batallion, 156 Armor Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team. Christopher W. Barnett loved the troops he commanded and planned to join an active duty unit after finishing his tour in Iraq as a National Guardsman.

PFC David Burridge of Lafayette, Louisiana, served in the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton, CA.

When David P. Burridge was a high school freshman, a fellow student was diagnosed with leukemia and a fund-raising drive was held. What happened next shocked even Burridge's friends.

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.