Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Army Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV, 36, of San Jose, Calif.

Sgt Amper was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.; died July 5, 2011 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Sgt Amper, known as "Nic" to his friends, took pride that his first name had a biblical origin meaning "victorious." Nicanor's name comes from the New Testament, as one of the seven "honest men" in the Acts of the Apostles.

Sgt Amper graduated from Campbell's Westmont High School in 1994 where he played football. He joined the Marines in October 1995 and served as a rifleman. He transferred over into the Army in September 2005, arriving at Fort Knox, KY in January 2010.

This was Sgt Amper's first combat deployment. He was due to be home in a few months.

"He's wanted to be in the military ever since I took him to Fleet Week when he was 7 years old," his father, Nicanor Amper III, who had served in the Air Force said.

"I just want him remembered as a patriot for his country," his father. "He loved his country, he loved his family, and he loved his men and made sure that they were safe. There aren't enough words to let you know how proud I am of him."

"He was a man of good character and who finished what he started. That was my son. He stayed to protect his men," said Amper's father

July 11, 2011
I am priviledged to haved served with Nic as his former Platoon Sergeant at FT Benning. Nic was a fine person and a dedicated Soldier who will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to the Amper family and to Nic's Army family. Rest in peace my brother.~ SFC Jim C., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Sgt Amper's awards and decorations include:

Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Naval Sea Service Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon

Sgt Amper is survived by his father, Nicanor Amper III; his mother and a younger brother, neither of whom wanted to be identified; a wife, whom family members declined to name; two sons, 7 and 9, from his first marriage.

Army Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV was killed in action on 7/5/11.

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