Pfc. Vincent Ellis, 22, died after he was shot trying to help protect his base after insurgents attacked his unit at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost Province on June 1.
Part of the Chaos Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, Ellis’s unit used a quote from his Facebook to remember him.
“I wear the colors because others don’t want to,” Ellis wrote. “I use an M4 so others don’t have to, I wear the uniform because I want to, I’ll lay down my life so others can live.”
“He was a great guy,” Ellis’ comrade Capt. Luke Friese says. “He was kind of a shy guy. But once he opened you really got to know him, he was an excellent soldier. And just a really great person.”
20-year-old Spc. Nathan Davis was killed June 9 when an IED hit his military vehicle in Tore Obeh, Afghanistan.
Davis, a member of Comanche Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, was memorialized for always smiling, building strong relationships, and his love for the outdoors.
“I guess the hardest part for me is knowing that there's more than likely going to be future losses, and just learning how to personally deal with that. But also understanding those loses may be necessary to win the war in Afghanistan,” Friese says.