Lance Corporal in the Marines who was killed in action while manning his machine gun to give his convoy cover while they evacuated.
In 2001, he joined the Marines and attended artillery school in Oklahoma.
He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and the mess hall in Camp Ramadi was named after him.
He was born in Riverton, Wyoming.
Actor Kevin Bacon starred in the 2009 film Taking Chance, an adaptation of an essay written by the Lieutenant who escorted his remains home.