Army Spc Matthew C. Frantz, 23, Lafayette, Indiana.

    Assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed January 20, 2006 along with three other U.S. soldiers, when an improvised bomb blew up their Humvee near Al Huwijah, Iraq.

    Frantz entered the Marine Corps after his senior year at Jefferson High School, but he suffered a serious knee injury before completing basic training. His father, Jim Frantz, said Matt was determined to stay in the Marine Corps, despite his injury, and took his appeal all the way to a general but lost.

    He came home and worked as a salesman at Best Buy stores in Lafayette, Greenwood and Avon until his knee healed well enough for the Army to accept him. He joined the Army in March 2004 and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., before his deployment to Iraq last October.

    His military job in counter intelligence was perfect for him, according to his loved ones.
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