The oldest of three children, Brad Coleman continued what had become a family tradition of military service.
His father, Donald Coleman, and grandfather served in the Navy. A great-grandfather fought in the Philippines during World War II and his great-great-grandfather fought in Europe during World War I, Donald Coleman said.
"Brad is the only one of us who hasn't come home," his father said.
Coleman, 19, of Ford City, Pa., had been in the Army just eight months when he was killed May 30 by a mortar attack in Mosul, Iraq. He was based at Fort Lewis.
Unlike his father, Brad Coleman took a camera rather than a rifle on hunting trips because he didn't like to shoot animals. He had talked about making a career of the military but also mentioned becoming a college football coach, his father said.
"He had found himself and really seemed to be excited to be doing what he was doing," said Vincent Curren, his high school principal.