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Department of Defense confirms death of Fort Gordon soldier

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The Defense Department confirmed 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.

Also killed in the attack in Afghanistan:

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.

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.

Original Story:

A Fort Gordon soldier has been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

PFC Joshua Nelson was killed over the weekend, according to posts by friends on Facebook.

Fort Gordon officials and the Department of Defense are not yet confirming this news.

PFC Nelson leaves behind his young wife.

This story continues to develop, and we'll keep you updated here on WFXG.com.

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