HAMPTON--A Hampton family is mourning the loss of their son after learning he was killed in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, died Wednesday, in Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan when he encountered an improvised explosive device while on patrol.
It was his second tour in that country. The first was from June 2010 to May 2011. He had returned to Afghanistan in November 2012.
Michael Chambers said his son was a hero who died for his country. "He was out to just help people. Dave would always put others first, from the time he joined boot camp to the time now," Michael said.
David attended Virginia Tech and ODU before going into the Army.
"David didn't know what he wanted to do in life but was looking for a challenge and structure," Julie explained. "He decided to join the Army and it just clicked with him."
Julie Chambers said her son was happy to serve in the Army. "He saw all the opportunities that they could give him."
Julie said that David received a purple heart after he was hit by an IED during his first deployment.
"He felt a sense of responsibility to America and our country. He wanted us to be able to live free and not worry about terrorists killing us," Julie said.
Julie said that four days ago David wrote her on Facebook and said he was okay. He wrote, "I'm okay mom, don't worry about me."
David was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit is assigned to Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division when at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.