Jonathan M. Rossi was quiet and creative. An artist, he used pencils to sketch Asian-style pieces. As an adult, Jonathan was covered in tattoos of his own creation, including dragons and other designs, said his stepmother, Kathleen Rossi.
"One of his tattoos, when he folded his arms in front of him, it said, ''To win is to be prepared to die,''" she said. "What he said it meant to him was that to do his job and be in the Army, he had to be prepared to die in order to win for his country."
Rossi, 20, of Safety Harbor, Fla., died July 1 in Baghdad of wounds from an explosive and small-arms fire. He was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Bliss.
Rossi loved martial arts and hoped to become a Ranger. But a knee injury during jump school sidetracked that goal. Rossi found another military specialty, working with explosive devices. He ultimately hoped to work for the CIA.
"He was a loving, caring young man. He loved his family, loved his friends and would do anything for anybody. He had a big heart. He was a great son, a great friend to everybody," said his father, Michael.