Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly, a native of Costa Rica, met the woman he would marry during Army training in Virgina.
They were married in July 2002 in Germany. When Harris-Kelly shipped out to Iraq from Germany, his wife was discharged and sent home to Michigan, where she said she had expected he would soon join her and their 15-month-old daughter, Aalexis.
Harris-Kelly, 20, of Azusa, Calif., was killed in a truck accident north of Talil, Iraq. He was based in Darmstadt, Germany.
"I was so glad. He was coming home," his wife said. "They offered him a re-enlistment but he said ''no.''"