CAPT. JOHN GAFFANEY
56, San Diego
Gaffaney was a psychiatric nurse who worked for San Diego County for more than 20 years, and on the day before the shooting he had arrived at Ft. Hood to prepare for deployment to Iraq. Gaffaney, born in Williston, N.D., had served in the Navy and the California National Guard, his family said. After Sept. 11, he tried to sign up again for military service. Although the Army Reserves at first declined, he got the call about two years ago asking him to rejoin, said his co-worker Stephanie Powell: "He wanted to help the boys in Iraq and Afghanistan deal with the trauma of what they were seeing."
MICHAEL GRANT CAHILL
62, Cameron, Texas
Suffered a heart attack two weeks ago but had already returned to work as a physician's assistant.
MAJ. LIBARDO EDUARDO CARAVEO
52, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Arrived as a teenager in the U.S. knowing very little English but went on to earn a doctorate in psychology.
STAFF SGT. JUSTIN M. DECROW
32, Evans, Ga.
Helped train soldiers on how to help new veterans with paperwork.
SPC. FREDERICK GREENE
29, Mountain City, Tenn.
Was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, Ft. Hood.
SPC. JASON DEAN HUNT
22, Frederick, Okla.
Joined the military after high school and was married two months ago.
SGT. AMY KRUEGER
29, Kiel, Wis.
Joined the Army after the Sept. 11 attacks and vowed to take on Osama bin Laden.
PFC. AARON THOMAS NEMELKA
19, West Jordan, Utah
Chose to join the Army instead of going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
PFC. MICHAEL PEARSON
21, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Quit what he saw as an unfulfilling furniture company job to join the military about a year ago.
CAPT. RUSSELL SEAGER
51, Mount Pleasant, Wis.
A nurse, he was preparing to deploy to Iraq and had been eager to serve abroad.
PVT. FRANCHESKA VELEZ
Pregnant and recently returned from deployment in Iraq, she had sought a career in the Army.
LT. COL. JUANITA WARMAN
A physician's assistant, she joined the military like her father and grandfather.
PFC. KHAM XIONG
23, St. Paul, Minn.
Was a father of three whose family had a history of military service.
Please see latimes.com/forthood for detailed biographies.
Source: Times wire services