Army National Guard Cpl Darrell L. Smith, 28, of Otwell, Indiana.
Smith died south of Baghdad, Iraq when his humvee rolled over off the road into a canal, trapping him under and killing him instantly. He was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, based in Washington, Indiana. Died on November 23, 2003.
When Smith's flight back to Iraq from leave was moved up at the last minute, his farewells with his family were rushed.
It made leaving behind his wife, Amy, and three children even more difficult, his father said.
"He didn't want to go back, but he knew he had to because it was his duty and his job," Stan Smith said.
Darrell Smith was "a really good soldier with good leadership skills and generally a good guy," said 1st Sgt. Charles Selby, a fellow guardsman. "He was one of those people who were always in a good mood."
Smith joined the National Guard when he was 17 and he would often be working on Guard-related projects, family members said.
"He was proud of it," Bruce Smith said of his brother. "I was really proud of him, too."