Details emerge about death of local soldier serving in Afghanistan

LEWISTON, ID - The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Specialist Ethan J. Martin was killed on August 7th while serving in the U.S. Army in south-east Afghanistan.

According to a D.O.D. press release, Specialist Martin was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Koragay where the 40th Cavalry was deployed, when he encountered small arms fire and was killed in action. According to a D.O.D. source, the 2009 Lewiston High School graduate was among four casualties from August 7th and 8th reported in the Paktika Province in Afghanistan.Those soldiers have yet to be identified by the Army or if they were involved in the same skirmish Martin encountered.

The family of Specialist Martin have requested privacy at this difficult time and asked for no contact by the media. However, they have provided the following statement:

"Ethan was a very loving young man with a tender heart. 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, 4 stepsisters and 3 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 serving with the 1st Squadron of the 40th Cavalry out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Alaska. Martin attended school in Bonners Ferry through 10th grade before moving to Lewiston. According to a report out of Bonners Ferry, Martin's father, Harv Martin, posted the following on his Facebook page:

"May God rest his soul. It is with deep regret that I make this post, but with honor also."

The KLEW News Facebook page has been flooded with viewers sharing their appreciation for Ethan's service and condolences to his family. Here are a couple of posts:

Lindsey Robinson wrote "God has a special place for you. Thank you for being such an amazing, brave, strong friend. It was an honor to know you, you've changed my life forever."

Sarah Krueger Showers expressed her condolences and wrote, "Thank you Ethan for protecting our country and our freedom. So sorry you had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. What a brave young man!"