21-year-old US Army Specialist James A. Butz, from Indiana, was killed in action on 28th September 2011 when a roadside bomb exploded as he was rushing to the aid of injured colleagues in Helmand province.
The 82nd Airborne Division combat medic served with the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Bragg.
He joined the Army in 2009 and after training transferred to the 1st Battalion in 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
Spc. Butz leaves his mother Mary, father John, brothers Will and John plus other relatives and friends.