Army National Guard SPC Brian Clemens, 19, Peru, Indiana
Killed in a "Humvee" accident while on patrol in Kuwait during the build-up stage of the operation (Enduring Freedom) in February 2003. A graduate of Maconaquah High School, he was buried in Peru, Indiana. He was a member of 1-293d Infantry, Indiana Army National Guard, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Died on February 6, 2003.
Clemens helped raise his younger sister, helped novice wrestlers learn the ropes, and helped his teachers with computer programs.
"He was putting his time and energy back into the community," said Dennis Leffler, one of his high school wrestling coaches. "He was the kind of kid who wanted to make a difference."
Clemens, of Kokomo, was the first Hoosier killed in the U.S. buildup to the war in Iraq when his Humvee overturned during a patrol at a base in Kuwait. The National Guard specialist was 19.
Clemens, an Eagle Scout, joined the Guard to earn money for college. He hoped to study engineering at Purdue University.