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Army Staff Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV

Died July 5, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

36, of San Jose, Calif.; assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.; died July 5 in Shemal district, Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Family, friends remember fallen San Jose soldier

The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A soldier from San Jose who died in Afghanistan is being remembered as a patriot who took pride that his first name originated from the Bible and meant 'victorious.'

The Department of Defense says 36-year-old Army Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV died Tuesday in Khowst province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.

He was on his first combat deployment.

Amper's first name comes from the New Testament. Nicanor was one of the seven "honest men" in the Acts of the Apostles.

His father, Nicanor Amper III of Burlingame, said both he and his son took pride in the name and used it as inspiration to finish what they started.

Amper leaves behind a wife and two sons, 7 and 9, from a previous marriage.

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