Paratrooper dies from injuries sustained in off-duty accident

Soldier was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom

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by Mike Ford

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – A U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper died early May 10 from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident in the Knik River Public Use Area near Butte.

Spc. Shawn N. Bounds, 23, of Tyler, Texas, was transported by emergency responders to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer shortly after the incident took place and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m.

Bounds was a fire support specialist assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
Bounds entered the Army in May 2011, and after completing basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla., he reported to Alaska in October 2011.

He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to September 2012.

The incident is being investigated by the Alaska State Troopers.

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