Specialist Joshua Nathanial Nelson, 22, of Greenville, was killed in action (KIA) on Sept. 16, 2012 while serving on Active Duty in the United States Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Zabul province in Afghanistan.
SPC Nelson was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2, 1989. He graduated from North Pitt High School, Greenville, in May 2008. He attended college at Pitt Community College, in Greenville.
SPC Nelson met the love of his life, Quamisha Earlene Cierra Palmer on August 6, 2009 and they were married on Jan. 12, 2011.
SPC Nelson enlisted in the United States Army on March 9, 2011, completed Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. on May 19, 2011, attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in San Angelo, Texas and was awarded the MOS 35N, Signal Intelligence Analyst. After completing AIT, SPC Nelson reported to Fort Gordon and was assigned to "D" company, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion where he was selected and trained as a member of the Multifunctional Mobile SIGINT Team. SPC Nelson deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on May 31, 2012.
SPC Nelson awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
SPC Nelson is survived by his devoted wife, Quamisha E. C. Nelson; mother, Kathy Glover; father, Brian Nelson Sr.; brother, Brian Nelson Jr.; and sister, Victoria Nelson.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 411 Watauga Avenue, Greenville on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. Viewing will be held at the church from 4-6 p.m. only.
Professional services entrusted to Congleton Memorial Mortuary, Greenville.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Sept. 25, 2012