The parents of Spc. Kyle A. Coumas released a statement today on their son, who died Oct. 21 in Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle.
Coumas, 22, of Lockeford, was the only son of Michael and Lori Coumas.
"Kyle Coumas was a man who believed that serving his country, being a part of a greater whole and being dedicated to preserving our nation's freedom was the most honorable job a person could have," his parents wrote.
"His selfless duty to his country came as little surprise to those who knew him. His earliest act of service began in 2003 when our family sponsored a platoon serving in Iraq. Kyle would pass out flyers in our neighborhood asking family, friends, neighbors and local businesses to help 'support our troops.'
"Kyle will always be remembered as a soldier who served with honor, dignity and pride. We are blessed to have been his parents for 22 years and will always love him, our only child, with all our hearts!"
His family added that they are thankful their son will be escorted home from Afghanistan by Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joseph Gonzales, who has known Coumas since they went to kindergarten at Mokelumne River School in Acampo.