Army private dies in German hospital
The U.S. Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving medical 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.
Ellis’ unit was attacked by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire, the Army said. 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 was the fifth member of the 3,500-member “Spartan” Brigade killed in action since the unit’s yearlong mission began in late 2011.