Army National Guard Spc. Brett M. Hershey, 23, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Died Saturday, March 26, 2005, in Afghanistan, about 30 miles south of Kabul, with three other National Guard soldiers, when a land mine detonated beneath their vehicle as they were scouting a location for a shooting range.
After his graduation in 2000 for North Central, he enlisted for basic training before starting at Indiana University. He was a member of the Indianapolis-based 76th Infantry Brigade which took over the training of the Afghan National Army in August 2004 to help the country overcome decades of civil war.
In Indianapolis and Bloomington, Hershey was remembered as a gregarious and spiritual man.
"The most important thing in Brett's life was God," said David Ravensberg, who attended North Central with Hershey. Other friends said Hershey was positive about the Afghanistan mission and told them about its effects on the multiethnic country.
"I know if it would've happened to me or someone else," said Ravensberg, "he would be the guy everyone would go to and ask questions (and) look for comfort. I know he wouldn't want all of us to be sad."