N.C. soldier stationed at Fort Gordon killed in Afghanistan

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 12:35 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 1:29 AM
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A 22-year-old soldier assigned to a military intelligence battalion at Fort Gordon was killed Sept. 16 in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, the Department of Defense confirmed Wednesday.

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Official details state that Spc. Joshua N. Nelson was killed with three others when their position came under attack by small arms fire. Media reports state that four American soldiers and an Afghan policeman were killed Sunday and another two American soldiers were wounded in an “insider” attack by Afghan nationals at a checkpoint in the Mizan district. An Army spokesman said the incident was under investigation, and he would not confirm the identities of those killed Sept. 16.

Besides Nelson, a Greenville, N.C., native who was on his first deployment, the Department of Defense identified three other Americans killed: Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas; and Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, of Claremore, Okla.

Nelson enlisted in the Army in 2011 and received his advanced individual training in signals intelligence analysis at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. He arrived at Fort Gordon in December and was assigned to D Company, 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, then later the 297th Military Intelligence Battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan in May. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Fort Gordon says a memorial service is pending.

In the two days leading up to the Sept. 16 attack, six coalition soldiers were killed by Afghan nationals, bringing the total to 51 this year, according to an Associated Press analysis. The so-called green-on-blue attacks by uniformed Afghans account for 15.4 percent of all deaths in 2012, according to the International Security Assistance Force and iCasualties.org.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/19/12 - 05:43 pm
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Time to Come Home!

Sounds like the Afghans are biting the hand that has fed them. I guess we don't know if the attack was made by an Afghan citizen who was supposed to be in good standing or one of Bin Laden's goons. The Middle East is in turmoil right now and no place for our heroes to be. Trust no one and bring them home!

faithson
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faithson 09/19/12 - 06:52 pm
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Time to take NOTE

I have followed the DOD reports for 10 years. always giving credence to the casualty reports. For the Chronicle to only mention our fallen comrades when they are local is a disgrace, period !!!

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 09/19/12 - 08:13 pm
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Thank you to all four young

Thank you to all four young men for bravely defending our freedom. God rest your souls.

vickidu52
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vickidu52 09/20/12 - 06:59 am
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Dear God in heaven, please

Dear God in heaven, please bless these families of these brave men and give them comfort. So sad.

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stillamazed 09/20/12 - 08:25 am
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Prayers

Prayers to each and every soldier serving our country and to thier families who are left behind to worry and keep the home running. Way to many Americans take for granted what these men and women and their families sacrifice for this country. Yes, it is a volunteer military but if not for those brave volunteers where would we be? PFC Josh Nelson and all the others who have lost thier lives, RIP.

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