Noah Harris enjoyed giving stuffed animals and soccer balls to Iraqi children. He was even known for having "bullets in one pocket, Beanie Babies in the other."
"For every bullet Noah Harris shot from his weapon, he must have handed out 10 Beanie Babies to the children of Iraq," said Capt. Bobby Toon.
Harris, 23, of Ellijay, Ga., died June 18 after his vehicle was attacked in Buhriz. He was stationed at Fort Benning.
At the University of Georgia, Harris joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and made the cheerleading squad, vaulting up the ranks to varsity after one game. He graduated in 2003.
In his platoon, he was known for having a photo of his parents' home as a screen saver on his laptop computer. "When I asked him what the picture was of, he said, 'That's why I'm here,'" Toon said.
To try to raise his unit's morale, he also organized a pen pal program that paired his fellow soldiers with UGA students.
"Noah packed more in his lifetime than many people do in 70 to 80 years," said Sid Webb, his school youth group leader.
He is survived by his parents, Rick and Lucy Harris.