Damon LeGrand never met his youngest daughter, born a few months after he was dispatched to Iraq.
The military police officer was only six weeks away from reuniting with his family, including 7-month-old Kelsie, when he was killed northeast
He was 27.
LeGrand, a San Diego native, was assigned to the 571st Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
The specialist was helping train Iraq's new police force when insurgents ambushed his convoy June 12 with anti-tank mines, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Baqubah.
LeGrand graduated from Clairemont High School in 1995 and later served a two-year Mormon mission in Utah.
He joined the Army in 2005.
After returning from Iraq, LeGrand planned to return to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he, his family and his parents moved a few years ago, family members said.
He wanted to buy a new home for his wife, Ashley and their two
daughters, Kelsie and 2-year-old Moira.
"We had so many plans, and none of them will happen," Ashley wrote in a message on her MySpace.com page.
"Life isn't supposed to go on without him. And yet I have no choice. It does. And I have to. I have to take care of his legacy: our beautiful baby girls."
Besides his wife and daughters, LeGrand is survived by his father, Donald; mother, Glenna; a brother, Michael; and two sisters, Emily and Meghan.