Navajo Nation Council Delegate David Tom of Beclabito-Cudii and his wife, Carolyn Tom, flew to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for a brief ceremony Thursday night when the body of their son, Army Spec.
"Right now he's
just our hero," David Tom
family is all proud of him that he
was out there, serving his
son was killed Monday in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.
said the family was told he
stepped on a roadside bomb when his
unit was setting up camp after a fight with Taliban insurgents.
was the Nicest, Kindest Son"
Tom joined the Army in June 2006 after graduating from Aztec High School and was based in Fort Lewis, Wash.
father said he
joined the military because he
wanted to physically and mentally challenge himself.
son liked to hunt, fish and sketch, and enjoyed herding sheep when he
was back on the reservation.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center
George Hardeen, spokesman for Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., said Tom is the ninth Navajo member of the military to die in either Afghanistan or Iraq since 2004.