Army Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, 21, Carmel, Indiana.
Died when a bomb exploded near a U.S. patrol in western Baghdad, March 21, 2004.
Hudson's family was told that on Sunday, Hudson was in a Humvee with several other soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter. A land mine ripped into the Humvee, killing Hudson and the interpreter. Three others were wounded, said Lisa Rose, a family friend. Reuters news agency reported the group of soldiers was moving through the volatile district of Abu Ghraib on the western outskirts of Baghdad when the bomb went off.
He joined the Army in the winter of 2003, was assigned to the 1st Armored Division, which joined the invasion of Iraq one year ago. His unit, the 2nd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, from Fort Hood, Texas, has been operating near Baghdad and is slated to come home this spring.
He was married and the father of a 1-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter.
"I think he wanted his family to be proud of him. When he came home on leave, you wouldn't believe the way he wore his uniform with such pride," said Rose, who was amazed by how he changed after joining the Army.
"He looked so tall when he came home for his sister-in-law's wedding, and he never looked that tall before," she said.