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Father: Afghan allies killed my son


In a time when a lot of the world is looking for help, one Greenville soldier tried to do just that, and it ended up killing him.

This month, Brian Nelson received some news regarding his son, Specialist Joshua Nelson's death in Afghanistan. Nelson says Joshua was shot and killed by Afghan soldiers who were suppose to be allies. Joshua's was one of four U.S. soldiers killed during the attack.

"They were supposed to be helping set mortars, or something as a protective barrier, the Afghans that were supposed to be anti- against the Al-Qaeda, they the ones that turned on them," said Brian Nelson.

The Long War Journal says the Sept. 16th green on blue attack prompted the U.S. military to suspend Afghan/ U.S. soldier field patrols for a period of time.

This was Joshua's first deployment since joining the military in 2011.

The 22-year-old was scheduled to come home just a few weeks before he was killed.

Brian Nelson says though he has the investigative and autopsy reports, he says it's still too difficult to read through.

Joshua Nelson was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army.

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GREENVILLE, N. C. - Friends and family are honoring the life of a fallen soldier.

Specialist Josh Nelson, killed in action in Afghanistan, will be laid to rest Wednesday.

The body of the Pitt County soldier was returned home on Tuesday.

Rogue Afghan police officers shot and killed Nelson and three others two weeks ago.

It was Nelson's first deployment and he was supposed to come home next month.

Nelson graduated from North Pitt High School in 2008.

"His life is an example of what a young man can do when he puts his mind to it," his father Brian Nelson said. "I'm proud of my son. I'm very proud of him because I know out of this there are going to be some young men who are going to say they want to pattern their life after what Josh did," he said.

Josh's body was brought home Tuesday with full military honors.

His visitation is Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm at Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist in Greenville. 

It is open to the public. Josh will be buried at the veteran's cemetery in Jacksonville.

"I'm grateful. I thank the Lord for letting me have him for as long as He let me have him and...i'm sad hes gone..i'm sad hes gone but he'll never be forgotten..." said Brian.

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GREENVILLE,N.C.(WNCT) - A soldier from right here in the East has died protecting our country.

Spc. Joshua Nelson died was killed in Afghanistan Saturday.

"He was just a really really good guy," said his father Brian Nelson.

It was back in May that Josh set out on his first ever deployment to Afghanistan.

But on Sunday, his father saw two men in uniform walking up to his home with news nobody wanted to hear, Josh had been killed in action. He was just 22 years old.

"I felt the heaviness in my heart just as soon I saw them, you know? I already knew what they were there for and it hurt really bad," his father said.

"He gave his life for his county and not for the streets," his father said proudly.

Brian Nelson says josh was brought up in the church. He played drums and in the band at North Pitt High School and sang in the gospel choir.

"Everybody loved josh you couldn't meet josh and not love josh because Josh was just himself he was not the type of person who tried please you or anything like that he was just himself he was what you see is what you and people just loved him man, they just loved him.

After graduating high school he married his true love, Quamisha Nelson.

The Army hasn't released the details of his death, but his family can't help but think it's tied to the attack surrounding the violent protests going on in Afghanistan.

Josh was just one month away from coming home

He paid the ultimate price protecting the two things his father says he loved most, his family and his country.

"He always had a plan for his life that he wanted to do something good for people, and so he ended up doing something good for our country as well," his father said.


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