Army SPC Luke P. Frist, 20, of West Lafayette, Indiana.
Frist was part of a convoy that was struck with an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. He died of his wounds at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. Frist was assigned to the 209th Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Lafayette, Indiana. Died on January 5, 2004.
Frist's optimism put the rest of his unit at ease when it arrived in Iraq in April, and that same positive outlook enabled him to cross social barriers throughout his life.
"He never had a harsh word to say about anybody," said his older sister, Johanna Frist. "He was everyone's friend. He was somebody you could trust and depend upon for anything."
Frist, a 20-year-old who lived much of his life in his family's two-story farmhouse in Brookston, was seriously burned in an attack on his convoy near Baghdad. He died three days later at an Army hospital in San Antonio.
"He had no regrets about what he was doing and what he was assigned to do," said Frist's uncle, Denny Acheson.