STOCKTON -- Sgt. John Perry was a husband, a soldier, a father of two and a good friend.
"He was always there when you needed him, had lots of good deep talks with him about life," said Travis Samson.
Samson says Perry was like a brother to him
They met while stationed together in Colorado in 2010.
"Losing him is pretty hard because it's one of those things you don't imagine happening, someone that close to you," said Samson.
"John Perry was a committed soldier. But he was more than that; he was a also father, a husband, and a true friend," his friend John Wood said. "He was as dedicated to being there for his friends and family when he was out of uniform as he was to defending country while he was in uniform. Words can hardly say how much he will be missed."
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the loss saying:
"I am deeply saddened to learn that an explosion early this morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has resulted in U.S. casualties."
Perry was a decorated soldier who earned a purple heart medal, a bronze star and several other awards.
He was killed along with Pfc. Tyler Iubelt of Illinois and two contractors stationed on the base.
The Army says Perry was from Stockton.
In his family's North Stockton neighborhood, Marilyn Williams was helping out.
She says she found out about the loss when Perry's father knocked on her door Monday morning.
"He told me he was going to be leaving in the next few minutes and to please watch his house because his son had gotten killed," said Williams.
Now Williams is praying for the young man, killed while protecting the country overseas and for the grieving family and friends left behind.
"We all need that, especially when something like that happens," said Williams.
Sgt. Perry leaves behind a wife and two children who life in Fort Hood.