UPDATE: Fort Gordon soldier dies in Afghanistan

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- News 12 has just learned that a 22-year-old Fort Gordon soldier was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

PFC Josh Nelson died on Saturday, according to his father.

Nelson's father told WITN in North Carolina that he was notified on Sunday about his son's death. His father says this was his first deployment.

Nelson went to high school in Bethel, North Carolina.

He leaves behind his wife, 23-year-old Quamisha Nelson.

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."

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