Hawaii soldier dies in Afghanistan

Sgt. Nena was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

 UPDATED 10:23 PM HST Sep 19, 2012

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday a soldier from Honolulu died in Afghanistan.

He was identified as Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

He died on Sept. 16 with three other soldiers in the Zabul province from injuries suffered when their position was attacked with small arms fire.

His uncle, Richard Nena, said the sergeant graduated from Kaimuki High School.  Sapuro worked in the tourism industry on a boat off Waikiki.  Then, he enlisted in the Army.

Nena's parents moved back to Micronesia.  His father was in the U.S. Navy. and is now retired.  He was the oldest child among a sister and two brothers.

The other soldiers killed in the incident were identified as Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22, Greenville, N.C., Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas, and Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, Claremore, Okla.

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