Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling, 38, of Elkhart, Ind.
Died of non-combat related causes in Kuwait. Assigned to Company C, 1-152nd Infantry, Tell City, Ind. Died on July 8, 2003.
Before he was deployed to the Middle East, Boling paid a florist to send his wife a bouquet of flowers every month he was gone. Family and friends said he had always been that way.
"There's not a selfish bone in his body," said Tony Lubarsky, Boling's brother-in-law.
Boling, 38, Elkhart, collapsed and died July 8 while eating with his unit in Kuwait.
A National Guard platoon sergeant with no history of health problems, Boling completed 20 years in the reserves in February and expected to retire from the military. But that was put on hold until after the war.
Family members had already bought fireworks and American flags to line the streets when he returned -- one flag for every day Boling was gone.
"He said to plan a vacation -- two weeks, even if we had to take the kids out of school," said his wife, Tania.