Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman

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From an early age, Kylan Jones-Huffman showed what would be a lifelong talent for languages, learning his mother's native German along with English. "When he started talking, he was speaking both, and he knew who to speak English to and who he should speak German to," his father, James Huffman said. That natural ability with languages - he eventually learned French, Farsi and Arabic as well - combined with a voracious intellectual curiosity about the Middle East landed Jones-Huffman, 31, a spot with Naval Intelligence in Bahrain before the war in Iraq. He was on a trip Aug. 21 to Hillah, Iraq, when his SUV came under fire and he was killed. Jones-Huffman was born in Santa Cruz, Calif., while his Army officer father was serving in Vietnam. He attended the Naval Academy, where he taught history courses for two years. Before his reserve unit was called up, he had planned to go back to get a doctorate in Turkish studies. Jones-Huffman and his wife, Heidi, lived in College Park, Md.
Published online on Jan. 28, 2005
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