U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon Martin of Bellevue lost his battle to live on Thanksgiving Day.
Martin, 33, was injured when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb Nov. 9 while serving his third tour in Iraq. He suffered critical injuries from the blast that left him in a medically-induced coma in a German hospital while surgeons attempted to repair the damage.
Martin, a platoon leader for the 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Ky., worked in air assault. He returned for his third tour in Iraq, despite getting wounded while serving his second tour. He received a Purple Heart after a roadside bomb injured the tendons in one arm.
Martin and his wife have three children: Alaina, 8; Allie, 5; and Trenton, 10 months. Alaina and Allie attended school in Kentucky, but have since transferred to York Elementary School in Bellevue and are staying with their maternal grandmother.
Martin, a 1993 graduate of Bellevue High School, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. After a one-year hiatus, he joined the Army.
"His heart was in the military," said his sister, Heather Bollinger. "He always wanted to be a soldier."
Bollinger described her brother as a humble man who had a way of making people laugh.
"He doesn't want people to feel sorry for him when he's just doing his job," Bollinger said. "He's my hero. He really is."