Soldier dies from wounds suffered June 1

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 11:23

The Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving treatment for injuries suffered in a June 1 attack in Khost Province.

Private First Class Vincent J. Ellis, of Tokyo, Japan, was a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The Army said he was assigned to the brigade's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, where he served as an airborne cavalry scout.

The Army said Ellis' unit was attacked by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire. This was the first deployment for Ellis, who attended basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. in 2011 prior to his assignment to Alaska.

Next of kin have been notified.

Ellis is the fifth member of the 3,500-member "Spartan" Brigade killed in action since the unit's yearlong mission began in late 2011.

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