Chris Lambert said he was amazed at the sheer strength of will Kyle W. Powell showed on long hikes through Colorado back country with his fellow Boy Scouts.
"He had a 60-pound pack on his back and he was a scrawny kid just 120 pounds," Lambert said. "He didn't quit and he didn't complain."
Powell, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was killed Nov. 4 by a roadside bomb in Fallujah. He was a 2003 graduate and was assigned to Camp Pendleton. Powell was on his third tour.
"Everything he did on his path to manhood steeled his resolve to lead," Charles Shay said at his friend's funeral. "He wasn't meant to follow or to get out of the way."
A few days before Powell died, he braved enemy fire to apply a tourniquet to a wounded buddy, saving his life, said Lt. Col. Wayne Sinclair, Powell's battalion commander.
By finding the roadside bomb that killed him, Powell "saved the lives of the five Marines traveling in the Humvee behind him," Sinclair said.
He is survived by his parents, David and Nancy.
"He taught me to get out of this shell I was always trapped in," high school friend Loren Hellem said. "He taught us to enjoy the moment."
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 8, 2006.