Army Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, 25, of Shelbyville, Indiana.
Pahnke was on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when he received a fatal gunshot wound. He was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on June 16, 2003.
Pahnke grew up with military pride -- his father was a Vietnam veteran and his grandfather served in World War II -- and was fulfilling his lifelong dream to serve in the military.
"His last letters talked about how proud he was to be a soldier," said his father, Tom Pahnke. "He was glad that he was finally doing what he was trained to do."
Pahnke, 25, Shelbyville, was killed by a sniper in Iraq. He had enlisted in October after getting married and was stationed in Germany.
His father said Pahnke missed the birth of his son, Dean, on March 20 of last year but was able to speak with his wife, Elisha, by phone.
"Shawn was able to hear the baby cry for the first time."