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In Tribute

U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Iraq.

EDITOR'S NOTE: These tributes, published in alphabetical order, were supplied by The Associated Press.

Army Spc. Carlo Alfonso

Whether it was pitching in to do some heavy lifting or lightening the mood with a joke, Carlo Alfonso was the kind of guy you always wanted around.

“He was a great family man and a brother to us all,” said Spc. Paul Kromshroeder, a fellow soldier with the 40th Engineer Battalion.

Alfonso, 23, of Spokane, Wash., died Aug. 26 in Sadr City, Iraq, when his vehicle struck an explosive. He was assigned to Baumholder, Germany.

Army Pfc.

David John Badie

David John Badie's sister, Kassandra Badie, said her brother changed his life around since enlisting two years ago.

Before joining the Army, Badie said, her brother “sowed some wild oats.” When he visited in June, she noticed a change.

“My brother and I talked about everything,” Badie said. “He was really my best friend. He seemed more focused when he came home. He had goals.”

Badie, 23, of Rockford, Ill., was killed Aug. 1 when his Humvee drove over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Chowkay Valley. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

Army Sgt.

Ryan Baumann

Ryan Baumann had one last message for his fiancee, Lauren Smith. When he joined the Army, he gave her a gift and told her to open it if he died.

“So I opened the present and Ryan had written me a note that says ‘I love you so much now and forever, yours forever,'” she said. “And that brings me peace.”

Baumann, 24, of Great Mills, Md., died Aug. 1 when his vehicle struck an explosive in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

Navy Petty Officer

2nd Class

Anthony Carbullido

Kevin Diego, a friend of Anthony Carbullido, said he will always remember Carbullido's upbeat demeanor, especially at social functions.

“Tony is the kind of guy that never had a bad day,” he said. “Not a care in the world. Everyone has their ups and downs; Tony's were almost always up.”

Carbullido, 25, of Agat, Guam, died Aug. 8 in Sangatesh, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when his vehicle struck an explosive. He was assigned to the Naval Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, Ill. He had previously been deployed to Iraq.

Army 1st Lt.

Donald Carwile

Janice Martin, a Spanish instructor who taught Donald Carwile in high school and at Northwest Community College, said she'd seen a protective streak even when he was a youth.

“He went out of his way to be a friend to students who weren't as gifted as some,” she said.

Carwile, 29, of Oxford, Va., was killed Aug. 15 when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked by insurgents in Afghanistan's Wardak province. He was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Pfc. Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole's brother, who retired from the Army last year, read at her funeral a poem he wrote for his sister.

“Jennifer was the best. She will be loved and always remembered,” said Jeff Cole. Her other brother, James Cole III, said his sister “gave every one of us a reason to smile.”

Cole, 34, of American Canyon, Calif., died Aug. 2 in Beiji, Iraq, when she was accidentally hit while her team cleaned weapons. She was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

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