(KLIX)-The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Lewiston, Idaho, died Aug. 7 in Koragay, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small-arms fire. Martin was assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The family has issued 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.”