By Devin Bodkin

dbodkin@journalnet.com

    “Cody told us when he was in third grade that he wanted to be in the Army when he grew up. He loved the idea of protecting his fellow citizens,” said family members of Army Pvt. Cody Moosman, 24, of Preston, who died in Afghanistan this week after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

    “Our family enjoyed watching (Cody) stand up for America,” the family members said in a news release issued on Tuesday. “(He) loved the outdoors, and hunting and fishing were his passion.”

    Moosman family friend, Tom Madsen, of Preston, said the soldier’s family had already left the area to meet their son’s casket, which was expected to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware sometime yesterday.

    The soldier leaves behind his mother and father, two brothers and two sisters, his grandparents and his nieces and nephews, the news release said.

    Moosman was an Eagle Scout — something his family said helped prepare him for his role as a soldier.

    “We loved him and we will miss him very much,” the family said.

    The Moosmans are requesting no contact from members of the media at this time.

    Cody Moosman’s death comes weeks after former Pocatello resident, Army Spc. Matthew Krumwiede, 20, stepped on the pressure plate of an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. The injury caused Krumwiede to lose both legs from midknee.

    Last week Krumwiede’s father, Dennis Krumwiede, told the Journal his son was in critical but stable condition at a Texas hospital.