Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Department of Defense has confirmed the death of Fort Gordon soldier Joshua Nelson, along with three others.
The DOD sent out a news release saying the four soldiers were killed on Sept. 16 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, after they were attacked with "small arms fire."
The Associated Press is reporting that a NATO spokesman said Afghan police turned on the soldiers during the attack.
The list of casualties from the DOD:
-Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, of Honolulu, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
-Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22, Greenville, N.C., assigned to 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Gordon, Ga.
-Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas, assigned to 52nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
-Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, Claremore, Okla., assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Fort Gordon released this information on Nelson:
"The Defense Department announced today that Specialist Joshua N. Nelson, 22, of Greenville, N.C., died Sept. 16th, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to D Company, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, at Fort Gordon, Ga.
According to unit records, Nelson entered the Army in March 2011 and reported to Fort Jackson, S.C. for Army Basic Training. He received his Advance Individual Training, in MOS 35N (Signals Intelligence analyst) at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. He arrived at Fort Gordon in December 2011 and was assigned to the D Company, 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, then later to D Company, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan in May. This was his first deployment.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
On behalf of the entire Fort Gordon military and civilian community, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Specialist Nelson."
A private unit ceremony will be held for Nelson on Fort Gordon.