June 2005
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A soldier’s devotion

June 2005
Mark J. Daily takes his oath as a U.S. Army officer at a commissioning ceremony at UCLA in June 2005. (Daily family photo)
June 2005
Second lieutenant’s insignia is pinned on Mark J. Daily by his father, left, John Daily and grandfather, Charles Jennings. (Daily family photo)
June 2005
Mark J. Daily is surrounded by family members after his commissioning ceremony. From left are wife Janet, brother Eric and sisters Nicole and Christine. (Daily family photo)
June 2005
Mark J. Daily on his graduation from UCLA in June 2005 with, from left, his wife, Janet, sister Christine and mother, Linda. (Daily family photo)
July 2005
Mark and Janet Daily on their honeymoon in Jamaica in July 2005. (Daily family photo)
Wedding
Mark and Janet Daily got married aboard a boat in Newport Beach harbor in July 2005. (Daily family photo)
July 2006
Second Lt. Mark J. Daily during military ceremonies at Ft. Riley in Kansas. (Daily family photo)
Feb 2006
Mark Daily and fellow officer Matt Gross upon completion of officer’s basic course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. (Daily family photo)
Oct 2006
Mark Daily with wife, Janet; mother, Linda; and father, John just before his deployment to Iraq in October. (Daily family photo)
Iraq 2006
Mark J. Daily during training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. (Daily family photo)
Iraq 2006
Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. (Daily family photo)
Iraq 2006
Second Lt. Mark J. Daily wearing a traditional khafia given to him as a gesture of friendship from Iraqi soldiers in December. (Daily family photo)
Iraq 2006
Mark Daily relaxes on the rooftop of an Army combat operations base in Mosul in January. (Daily family photo)
Iraq 2006
Mark Daily in an Army vehicle in Mosul in January. (Daily family photo)
Outpouring
John and Linda Daily pore over the hundreds of sympathy cards and letters they received after the death of their son Mark in Iraq. The response has filled them with a strange mix of grief, pain, gratitude and awe. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Purple Heart
Army 2nd Lt. Mark J. Daily received a purple heart. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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