Spc. Ethan J. Martin

Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Lewiston died from enemy small-arms fire in Afghanistan Tuesday.

LEWISTON — An Idaho soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died Tuesday in Koragay, Afghanistan, from combat wounds, The Department of Defense released today.

Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Lewiston was hit by enemy small-arms fire.

“Ethan was a very loving young man with a tender heart,” reads a statement from the soldier's family. “He loved Idaho and he loved to hunt and fish. He planned to go to nursing school after leaving the Army.

“Ethan leaves behind a loving family and many friends in Bonners Ferry and northern Idaho. His family includes his mother and father, his sister, four stepsisters and three stepbrothers.

Ethan was preceded in death by his grandfathers Leroy Oakes and Ron Marcy. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.”

Martin was assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

He spent the vast majority of his life in Bonners Ferry.

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