United States Army Private First Class David Neil Simmons, 20, Kokomo, Indiana.
Killed less than a month after he arrived in Iraq, Simmons was killed April 8, 2007 when the Army vehicle he was driving in Baghdad was attacked and exploded.
He was one of two U.S. soldiers killed during the encounter, in which enemy forces used an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Further details about Simmons' death weren't immediately available.
Simmons' relatives had visited him at Fort Benning, Ga., on March 17 as he prepared for deployment, according to his father, David Simmons.
The father was grieving at his Kokomo home on Tuesday, April 10th.
"What's the odds of, (among) 160,000 troops ... your only child (is) there one week and gets killed?" the elder Simmons said.
Inside the home's kitchen, the soldier's uncle, Jim Simmons, handled a series of phone calls for the father. During a lull, he looked at pictures of the soldier.
"How many kitchens are full of sorrow and sad parents and uncles?" Jim Simmons said.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Benning. He was a graduate of Kokomo's Northwestern High School. Relatives said his remains could be returned to Kokomo this weekend.