Army Sgt, Jarrod W. Black, 26, Peru, Indiana
Died of injuries sustained when his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive devise in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on December 12, 2003.
Black wasn't able to talk with his family in Peru very often. But two days before he died, he got a chance to call home.
"He said he loved me and he was being safe. Then he called his dad at work and got to speak with him for a little while," said his mother, Jane Black. "God wanted me to have one more conversation with my son."
Black, 26, died in Ramadi, Iraq, when insurgents detonated a bomb alongside a road. He had been stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. His brother, Brandon, had served in Iraq since February. Brandon was sent home after Black's death.
Black and his wife, Shawna, were to be the parents of their first child together, a girl, in April. He also was the father of two sons, ages 2 and 3, from a previous relationship.
Bill Shuey, an English teacher at Peru High School, said much of the community was touched by the death of Black, "an energetic young man who was full of life."