The Marines early today notified the family of Private First Class Chad Bales Metcalf of Coahoma that he was killed in the fighting. Coahoma is about 90 miles southeast of Lubbock.
Details of when and where the incident that led to Metcalf's death weren't immediately available.
His stepfather, John Wayne Metcalf, told the Big Spring Herald that people should continue to support the troops and welcome them home and that the family is very proud of Metcalf.
The Coahoma school district Web site indicates Chad Metcalf was serving with a transportation unit and was based at Camp Pendleton, California.