A Fort Knox soldier died earlier this week from wounds he received when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Army.
U.S. Army Sgt. Nicano Amper IV, of San Jose, Calif., died Tuesday in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. The attack occurred in Shemal District, according to the Army, which didn’t give a date of the attack.
Amper was 36 years old. It was his first combat deployment.
Amper was a Cavalry Scout assigned to Troop A, 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman in October 1995 and transferred to the Army in September 2005, according to the Army. He was assigned to Fort Knox in January 2010.
Amper was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.
He also previously earned the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Naval Sea Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.
There will be a memorial service for Amper at 10 a.m. next Tuesday at Prichard Place Chapel, Fort Knox. A memorial service is also scheduled in Afghanistan.