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JBLM Soldiers Killed
Wed September 19, 2012
Three JBLM Soldiers Killed In Sunday Attack
The Defense Department says three of four soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan were from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A NATO spokesman said that Afghan police turned on the soldiers during an attack at a remote checkpoint. All three men were members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
In local news reports from Amarillo, Texas, friends of 20-year-old Pfc. Genaro Bedoy describe him as a generous and happy new father. Bedoy’s wife of less than a year recently gave birth to their first baby.
Nineteen-year-old Pfc. Jon Townsend of Claremore, Okla., was on patrol with Bedoy. He’d been married for three days before deploying to Afghanistan.
His mother Katy Nelson told a reporter from local TV station NewsOn6 that she was notified of her son’s death on Sunday.
Nelson: “When I seen those uniforms out the window I knew. And I told them I don’t want you here. I don’t want to hear.”
Nelson says her son always told her he loved her when they spoke.
The third soldier who died that day was 25-year-old Sg. Sapuro Nena from Honolulu, Hawaii. Nena entered the army four years ago. He’d been stationed at JBLM for two years. This was his second deployment.
Also killed was 22-year-old Spc. Joshua Nelson of Greenville, N.C. He was stationed at Fort Gordon,Ga.
The Department of Defense says the deaths are being investigated.
Insider attacks in Afghanistan have killed more than 50 U.S. and allied service members since the beginning of the year. Now the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has decided to suspend some joint patrols.
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