The family and friends of a Pitt County soldier killed in Afghanistan will lay him to rest Thursday.
Specialist Josh Nelson was one of four Americans killed on September 16th in an attack by Afghan Police.
A viewing and funeral were held Wednesday night in his hometown of Greenville. The Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church was packed with family, friends, and people who just came to show support in honor of Nelson's sacrifice.
Nelson' uncle Denton Chinn told us, "I'm proud that he died for our country, but I'm sorry that he died. He was very talented and I loved him very much."
Chinn says Nelson was the ultimate patriot, and is happy that he was able to fulfill his dream to serve his country.
Nelson will be buried Thursday at the Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.
The remains of an American soldier from the East killed in Afghanistan arrived in his hometown Tuesday.
Specialist Josh Nelson of Greenville was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on September 16. The North Pitt High School graduate was one of four Americans killed during an attack by Afghan police.
Nelson's remains arrived at the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders escorted the remains to Congleton Funeral Home in Greenville.
The viewing for Specialist Nelson will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The funeral will follow at 6 p.m. Services are scheduled to take place at Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville. Nelson will be buried Thursday at the Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Nelson was 22 years old, and leaves behind his wife and parents.
The father of Specialist Josh Nelson tells us he was notified on Sunday that his son was killed Saturday.
Nelson was stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia and left in May for his first deployment, according to his father.
The Defense Department says Nelson and three others were killed in the Zabul Province when they were attacked with small arms fire. NATO earlier said that Afghan police turned on the soldiers during an attack at a checkpoint.
Nelson was a 2008 graduate of North Pitt and was married. Brian Nelson was en route to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where his son's body will be returned tonight.
The 22-year-old was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Gordon and joined the Army in March 2011.