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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 Pvt.

Michael Dinterman

A little boy's death changed the direction of Michael Dinterman's life.

He enlisted in the Army in January because he wanted to do something with his life after the death of his 3-month-old nephew, Noah.

“He came home for that and just decided that life was too short and he wanted to do something with his,” said Dinterman's mom, Lora Martin. “It changed him to say, ‘What do I want in life?'”

Dinterman, 18, of Littlestown, Pa., died Sept. 6 in Afghanistan's Kunar province of wounds from small-arms fire. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

Army Sgt. Wesley Durbin

After serving in Iraq as a Marine, Wesley Durbin was going to resume his college education, possibly as an English major. But something brought him back to the military.

“He decided he was a soldier all around, so he went back into the Army,” said his wife, Brandi Durbin. “He wanted to take his expertise and give it where it needed to be given.”

Durbin, 26, of Hurst, Texas, was one of two soldiers killed Sept. 14 in Tunnis, Iraq, when a fellow soldier opened fire on the men. He was assigned to Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Corry Edwards

Maj. Allen Richards will miss Corry Edwards' humor and laughter.

“As a leader in the Army, you are every officer's wish come true, and I could not think of anyone better as my crew chief,” Richards wrote on an online bulletin board. “I will miss your friendship.”

Edwards, 38, of Kennedale, Texas, was killed Sept. 18 when his helicopter went down near Tallil, Iraq. He was assigned to Grand Prairie, Texas.

Army Sgt.

Daniel Eshbaugh

Maj. Pete Barger, a Chinook pilot for the Oklahoma Guard, said he met Daniel Eshbaugh during their first deployment to Iraq in 2003. Eshbaugh served as a flight engineer.

“He always wanted a little bit more. He expanded from just the engines to learning the aircraft. He got that knowledge, he got that step down, and from beyond that he wanted to become crew member. That was one of his goals,” Barger said.

Eshbaugh, 43, of Norman, Okla., was killed Sept. 18 when his helicopter went down near Tallil, Iraq. Eshbaugh was assigned to Lexington, Okla.

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Farley

Brandon Farley loved guns and shooting, going four-wheeling and being social. “But one thing he didn't like was getting dirty,” said his father, Wade. “He enjoyed the finer things in life – the best of whatever he could afford.”

Farley, 30, of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Sept. 18 from small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Able Monti, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

Army Spc.

Christopher Fox

Christopher Fox was remembered as a laid-back guy who always wanted to be a soldier and fight for his country.

“He did what he loved and, for some reason, I feel like that's what he wanted. If he had to leave he wanted to leave in combat,” said Fox's brother Randal White.

Fox, 21, of Memphis, Tenn., was killed Sept. 29 by small-arms fire in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Carson, Colo.

Fox, who enlisted in the military in March 2005, was on his second tour, due to be discharged from the Army in July.

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