Army Sgt. David M. Heath, 30, of LaPorte, Indiana.
Died in Sadr City, Iraq, when his patrol came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on August 16, 2004.
His father, John David Heath, who lives in Florida, is a retired Army veteran of the Gulf War.
Heath's death is the first combat death of a LaPorte County soldier since the Vietnam War.
He was in his second tour of duty in Iraq. An infantry soldier with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kan., he spent 11 months in Iraq in 2003. After re-enlisting in the service last September, Heath was expecting to move to Germany. Instead, he was deployed to Iraq.
"I prayed every day for my son to come home," his mother, Lola Modjeska said. "We loved him so much. He was such a good boy."
Survivors include his wife, Donna, and their 8-year-old son and his 13-year-old stepdaughter.