Army Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, of Evansville, Indiana.
Evacuated from Kuwait and died as a result of a sudden illness in Rota, Spain. He was assigned to National Guard Unit D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Washington, Indiana. Died on March 31, 2003.
Jeffries had the kind of personality that just attracted people -- all sorts of people.
"Bill was liked by everybody," said his mother, Marie Jeffries. "He was an outgoing individual. He never met a stranger. Everyone liked him, right on sight. He was big, and he was kind."
A specialist in the Indiana National Guard, the 39-year-old Jeffries died at a hospital in Spain after becoming ill in Kuwait. A military official told Jeffries' family he suffered a blood clot in his lung and acute pancreatitis.