A Nampa family is mourning the loss of 21-year-old Spc. Robert Dyas, killed Wednesday by small-arms fire in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Dyas served with the 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He had been scheduled to return to his Nampa home in January. He was engaged to be married when his tour of duty ended.
"Robert is a true hero," said Melissa Mowland, Dyas' mother. "He paid the ultimate price for all of our freedom."