BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A Beaverton family is mourning the death of Johnathan Pelham, 22, an army intelligence officer killed in Afghanistan.
The Pelham family just learned about their son's death and Johnathan's father, Wendall Pelham, spoke with KGW Thursday about his loss.
Johnathan was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan working as a top-secret intelligence analyst. He was in the field with special forces when he was killed by a gunshot, according to Wendall.
"We do know he was out on a mission doing what they do," Wendall said.
Pelham graduated from Sunset High School then went on to the College of the Redwoods for a year before joining the U.S. Army.
His father said Johnathan was always driven to be in the military and that the family has a history of service. Johnathan's grandfather and uncle were both in the armed forces.
"John always knew he going to be in the military," Wendall said. "I believe he had a phenomenal patriotic sense of being part of something bigger."
Wendall and his family knew what he was doing was dangerous but they take comfort in Johnathan's sense of integrity and courage.
"I don't know if proud begins to articulate it," Wendall said. "We have to have warriors out there every day. Because of what he chose to do, I have a son that's a hero."