Private First Class Kenneth J. Iwasinski, 22, Belchertown
Iwasinski and his father had plans when the soldier returned from war duty in Iraq. They were going to work on a car together and catch up, the father, Dominick Iwasinski, said.
Instead, the elder Iwasinski was remembering his son for his strong sense of patriotism and commitment to protecting his country. "He was very patriotic," Dominick Iwasinski said. "He believed in everything he was doing [in Iraq], he just believed in it."
Iwasinski, 22, was a member of the Second Infantry Division's Second Brigade Combat Team, based in Fort Carson, Colo. He was killed Oct. 14, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad.