Army Private Cory R. Depew, 21, Beech Grove, Indiana.
Killed Tuesday Jan 4, 2005 when a rocket propelled grenade struck the Stryker military vehicle he was riding in when it was attacked in Tal Afar, 40 miles west of Mosul.
He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 14th Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, based in Fort Lewis, Wash.
"He was a Scout, and he chose his missions," said his mother, Ann May.
Depew knew he wanted to be a soldier since eighth grade, his mother said. He enlisted in September 2003.
"He was going to the military, he wanted to serve his country." She talked to her son Sunday night. "He told me to stop watching the news, that it made me worry too much," May said. "He was a hero. He gave his life for this country."