J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Born:A daughter, Lauryn Anabelle, to the Pentagon’s favorite “Dancing With the Stars” champ J.R. Martinez, 28, and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones, Monday in L.A., People reports. First child for the wounded Iraq veteran-turned-soap actor, whose surprising triumph in the TV dance competition last fall was cheered by the troops and the brass alike and got him a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Read earlier: J.R. Martinez in D.C.: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ winner gets hero’s welcome at Pentagon, 12/1/11

Seeing past the scars of battle, 10/24/04 (** J.R. Martinez profiled by Washington Post before he was famous **)