"He called me all the time, every chance he could," his mother said. "When he called, that made my day. One day, we got disconnected all of a sudden, and when he called back, he said, 'That might have been a bomb.' And I worried about him, but he said to me, 'Ma, I work on the helicopters,' and I said it didn't matter because anything could happen over there. I prayed and prayed that my baby would just do his time over there and come home."