Staff Sergeant Christopher Piper, 43, Marblehead
Piper yielded to his injuries after battling them for 12 days, he died on June 5, 2005. he was severely injured by a roadside bomb that killed two of his comrades. He had served in the Marines, tried civilian life, and then joined the Army. A dedicated weightlifter, he defied the odds to become a Green Beret at age 38. He was among the first US soldiers to land in Afghanistan in 2001, and won a Bronze Star for defending his unit from an ambush. He left a wife and two children.