Ft. Wainwright Soldier Dies After Injuries from IED

A 19-year-old soldier from central Wisconsin is dead and two other soldiers wounded after their Stryker vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says Pvt. Ryan J. Larson of Friendship, Wisconsin died Wednesday in Kandahar Province.

Larson had been in the U.S. Army for only a year. The infantryman joined the Army last June and arrived at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in October.

Larson and the two wounded soldiers were assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright. They deployed to Afghanistan with their 4,000-soldier brigade in April.

The two wounded soldiers were not seriously hurt.

A Ft. Wainwright soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month was honored at a memorial service in Fairbanks Thursday.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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