An Alaska-based soldier from Japan has died from wounds he received in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll confirmed Thursday that Pfc. Vincent J. Ellis died Monday in Germany.
Ellis, an airborne cavalry scout, was wounded last Friday when his unit was attacked by insurgents using improvised explosive devices and small arms fire at Forward Operating Base Salerno, in Afghanistan's Khost province.
The 22-year-old from Tokyo was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, and assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He attended basic training and the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. last year before being assigned to JBER, and was on his first combat deployment.
Ellis's next of kin have been notified.