Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott McHugh loved fishing, camping and canoeing, and was devoted to his family and friends.
"He was always fun, just a great guy to be around," said Jonathan Mogor, who became friends with McHugh when they were teens and joined the Navy with him. "You always had a great time when you were with him."
McHugh, 33, of Boca Raton , Fla., was killed by hostile fire May 2 in Iraq''s Anbar province. A Navy Seabee, he was based in Jacksonville, Fla.
After graduating from high school in 1989, McHugh attended Palm Beach Community College for a year before joining the Navy. After a few years, he joined the Navy Reserves, returned home and became an emergency medical technician. He was still trying to figure out his future when he was called into active duty in March.
"It''s such a shame," said his mother, Joyce McHugh. "He was a super, super honest guy. He was a straight arrow."