Nathan B. "Nate" Bruckenthal was a Damage Controlman Third Class in the United States Coast Guard. He was the first Coast Guardsman to die in wartime action since the Vietnam War. Bruckenthal and two U.S. Navy sailors were killed while intercepting a waterborne suicide attack on an offshore oil terminal off the coast of Iraq in the northern Persian Gulf on April 24, 2004.
Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart for his actions. For more, see his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nathan-Bruckenthal/105602562806772#
Adam Cann was killed in action Jan. 5, 2006 by a suicide bomb attack on an Iraqi police recruitment center in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Security Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was the first Marine K9 handler to die in wartime action since the Vietnam War.
For more, see his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/SgtAdamCann and articles here http://www.examiner.com/article/remembering-a-hero-camp-pendleton-commem... and here http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/...