Lewiston soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

LEWISTON, Idaho - A Lewiston man serving in the U.S. Army has died in Afghanistan.

Friends of the family of Ethan Martin, 23, confirmed his death Wednesday afternoon. The Department of Defense confirmed he was killed in action on August 7 in Koragay, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small-arms fire.

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

He was a 2009 graduate of Lewiston High School.

His family issued the following prepared 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."