Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Sgt. Mark P. Adams

24, of Morrisville, North Carolina.
Adams died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Saqlawiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Adams was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II MEF (Forward). Died on October 15, 2005.

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"I can't believe it's been almost eleven years since Mark was killed. I think of him and of Phillip and Renee at Memorial Day and often. "Thank you for your sacrifice" seems far too trivial a statement for the magnitude of the sacrifice. But I wanted to let you know that Mark is remembered, not just at Memorial Day."
Felicia of Raleigh, NC

"As former Italian Air Force pilot, I can only cry when I read these sad memories. Would he rest in peace.
God bless America."
Francesco of Italy

"It still hurts, I made mistakes and would give anything to change what happened between us, he will always hold a place in my heart and when he left a small piece went with him."
J of Nc

"Just a day of thinking of my life in the Marines and the great man I have serve with and the way they have impacted my life. Thank you Adams ....."
SSgt Aguilera of Pittsburgh Pa.

"Mark was my next door neighbor in the barracks during his first years in 3/8. I remember standing on the catwalk with him all the time, and laughing at the madness the 81's platoon NCO's were causing downstairs with their new Marines. Everytime we would see a pair of boots or random piece of gear flung across the yard we would laugh and keep score. And of course with us both being avid wrestlers, the smallest remark between us was liable to turn into a full blown match in the middle of a barracks room at any moment. You will always be missed brother. Semper Fi."
Landon Matson of Oakland, CA

"1/12/09

I had a unique perspective of Mark Adams in high school. I was a wrestler at Apex High School (rival of Cary) and Mark and I were both school's varsity 135lb wrestlers. We faced each other at the WRAL tourney in Raleigh, head-to-head at our Dual meet, and then again at the Tri-8 Conference tournament.

Mark was tough as nails and was a "go forward" wrestler from the first whistle. While I didn't have much opportunity to get to Mark, I respected (and feared!) his abilities on the mat and is forever etched in my memories.

As a freshman at NC State, a mutual friend our ours sent me an email about Mark. The email said that Mark was training with the Marines and was rallying support for him through some tough times.

I wrote Mark a letter and let him know that I would be praying for him and told him how I respected what he was doing for this country. Mark sent a letter back thanking me within a week.

The news of Mark's passing has impacted me greatly, despite not knowing him very well. I think of Mark when I am around the sport of wrestling and when I remember those who've made sacrifices to keep this country secure.

We didn't get a chance to reconnect after the letter exchange, but I wanted to share this brief anecdote to show Mark's impact on my life."
Matt Johnson of Raleigh, NC

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Mark P. Adams:
Mark gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I am one of the younger Marines that Sgt. Adams trained. I always thought there was much more to him than he would ever let me see; because of the difference in our time & grade. I always thought the example that he set for others to follow was outstanding, with a firm stand in the values that have always made the Marine Corps great. Mark had those values long before he was ever in the Marines, which means his Family held true to Honor, Courage, & Commitment, as their own values, and that fact made Mark one of the best Marines I have ever known. I saw so much of Sgt. Adams in his two Brothers; and am to this day very thankful that I was allowed the chance to meet them. Its been two years now, and I know that it does not get any less painful; but if I may say, you all have every right to be very proud. I will keep you in my prayers, and thank you for the strength the faith of your family has provided."
Nolan Ruby of Sioux Falls, SD

"To the family of:Mark P. Adams I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"As a Marine mother to another Marine Mother, I want to say how proud we are of your son for serving our Country. We love our Devil Dogs. May God bless your Marine."
Liz Romagosa of Lincolnton, NC

"Everyone is correct in saying that Mark is a hero. See I grew up with Mark and knew him long before he was a Marine. As kids he showed leadership beyond his years. Mark and I have many memories we share and I miss him daily. I can only hope I become half the man he was. Thanks Mark for all you did!"
Jay Huffman of Raleigh NC

"I SERVED WITH MARK IN IRAQ AND WAS IN HIS PLATOON. WE ALL LOOK UP TO HIM AND WILL MISS OUR HERO. ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR HIS PLATOON AND ALWAYS LEADING FROM THE FRONT! WE ALL MISS HIM AND WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY FOR ETERNITY. I WAS WOUNDED SEVERAL MONTHS LATER AND WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITOL IN MARYLAND I THOUGHT ABOUT HIM ALOT AND THE GOOD THINGS HE ALWAYS SAID AND DID HE IS A TRUE MARINE ALWAYS LEADING BY EXAMPLE I ONLY HOPE TO BE HALF THE MAN AND MARINE HE IS! GOD BLESS AND I MISS YOU SGT!"
CPL ANDREW INGRAM of SPARTA NJ

"I SERVED WITH MARK IN IRAQ AND WAS IN HIS PLATOON. WE ALL LOOK UP TO HIM AND WILL MISS OUR HERO. ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR HIS PLATOON AND ALWAYS LEADING FROM THE FRONT! WE ALL MISS HIM AND WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY FOR ETERITY. I WAS WOUNDED SEVERAL MONTHS LATER AND WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITOL IN MARYLAND I THOUGHT ABOUT HIM ALOT AND THE GOOD THINGS HE ALWAYS SAID AND DID HE IS A TRUE MARINE ALWAYS LEADING BY EXAMPLE I ONLY HOPE TO BE HALF THE MAN AND MARINE HE IS! GOD BLESS AND I MISS YOU SGT!"
CPL ANDREW INGRAM of SPARTA NJ

"To the Adam's Family, Words will never take the place of your loved one but sometimes knowing that a STRANGER CARES can help. God Bless and Be with His Mother on this DAY ! Our Soldier has Fallen also I join in your loss."
spcmungermothernlaw@yahoo.com

"TO THE ADAMS FAMILY THE 4TH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE IS AHAVING IT'S ANNUAL MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS! I ALONG WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. WE HOPE YOUR FAMILY CAN ATTEND. AN MAYBE YOU HAVE CONTACT WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES. APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD PASS ON THE INFROMATION. I CAN BE CONTACTED AT leonard_wahl@hotmail.com"
leonard wahl of spring texas

"TO THE ADAMS FAMILY THE 4TH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE IS AHAVING IT'S ANNUAL MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS! I ALONG WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. WE HOPE YOUR FAMILY CAN ATTEND. AN MAYBE YOU HAVE CONTACT WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES. APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD PASS ON THE INFROMATION. I CAN BE CONTACTED AT leonard_wahl@hotmail.com"
leonard wahl of spring texas

"I served with Sgt. Adams as his driver for the time he was with us, and he is the best leader a man could ask for. I will always hold a place for him in my heart and he will never be forgotten. I would like to thank his family for being there to make the memorial service easier for all of us that served along side of Sgt. Mark Adams."
Cpl. Duvall of Midlothian, VA

"Thanks Marine! We are safe because of service members like you. I wish you could see your homeland again, but we all must take different paths. We'll see each other again in a better place. Semper Fi."
James of California

"This is to marks family, I was honored to know Mark while he was with us, he was one of my best friends and one of the best people I have ever met, I am sorry that I have not been able to come and visit his resting place, but will as soon as I can. He will always be apart of me just like the rest of the marines that served with him, and for that simple reason I can think of him and smile. We had some great memories and I will always cherish them."
Sammy Malloy of Missouri

"Dear, Mr.& Mrs. Adams
While at Marks funeral service, Mrs. Adams spoke about human life as just a vapor as the bible explains. I do not know everything that the bible states but this comment affected me deeply. While I served in the USMC with Mark I thought he would be a part of my life until we were old and grey. I never thought his life would be cut short by this war. The world should know that he was a great person. He was never selfish and put 100% into anything he attempted. I was always taken back with how mature he was and of his ability to always make the right decisions. I did not like the idea of him going back to Iraq but knew that he was not making the choice for himself but for his fellow countrymen and women. His friendship will live forever in my heart as I do not find a day goes by he does not pop into my mind. He could have accomplished anything he might have attempted throughtout the remainder of his life. I only hope that his "Vapor" is remembered for years to come."
Andrew Berrios of Philadelphia, PA

"To the family of Mark P. Adams,

Recently, i purchased a memorial bracelet with the name of a Marine who had lost his life in the line of duty. For the past several weeks, i have worn the name of Mark P. Adams on my wrist- and I am so glad to find a way to honor the man that gave his life to defend our freedoms. Mark is a hero, and my thoughts and prayers are with your family always."
Erin C. of Mount Laurel, New Jersey

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of your relative and/or loved one. I am saddened by the loss of so many young "too" young men and women killed in a fight that in my personal opinion really isn't ours. As a daughter of a Marine who passed more than 15 years ago, I don't agree but I understand that some of us champion the causes that affect others. I too, in my own little way, take on the burden, battles and fights of others. I just don't know if I will ever be as courageous and as selfless as your loved one. May you find, for right now, peace in the small things as your heart heals but never forgets.

Sent with a warm hug and a prayer of understanding."
Tanya of Baltimore, MD

"deeply sadden for the lost of mark as i am for our gregory. i urge you to reach out to your community and political leaders today. to request a street be named after MARK. so no one in his community will ever forget his service to his community, county, state and country. he has not died in vain! mark IS A HERO! WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES NEED TO REMEMBER OU SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S. THAT NONE ARE EVER TREATED LIKE AMERICA DID TO OUR VIETNAM VETERANS. LWAHL1@sears.com"
SGT WAHL OF SALISBURY'S DAD of VALLEY STREAM, NY

""Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower""
Veteran's Day...2005

"Phillip, I saw your picture on the internet today. I have a 25 year old son. I could understand, as much as anyone really can, your grief. I saw my face in yours. My son did not choose the military so I will never have to ask some of the questions that are running through your mind. I will never have to miss my son because he died for so many that he did not know but I want you to know that I so appreciate his and your sacrifice. Your son is why this country and others will continue to live in freedom. Sadly, it is the only price that seems to pay for freedom. Freedom is paid for in a blood barter. A cruel but somehow necessary currency. I will pray for you and your family. I wish I could bear some of the burden that you are actually bearing for me. I thank your family and most importantly your special son for his ultimate sacrifice. God Speed Mark, God Speed!"
Harold McKee of Morgantown, KY

"Philip and Renee and Family,
We are so saddened for all that you are going through. We know of the great love that your family has for each other and hope that you can all help each other. Let God hold you in his loving arms and know that Mark is there also."
Amy and Bobby Kampfer of Raleigh, NC

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Mark P. Adams,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered to receive a quilt, please use our link and register so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...
J and T Taylor Raleigh NC USMC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"God bless you and your family, Mark. America grieves for your loss and salutes you for your bravery and service. You are a hero and will never be forgotten. I pray God's comfort for your loved ones and hope that they will find renewed strength with the dawn of each day."
Megan of Los Angeles, CA

"To the Adams family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have no words to ease your pain, but we hope you find some comfort in knowing that MARK is an American Hero.
MARK, we are grateful for your service and sacrifice. You will Not Be Forgotten. God Bless and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal.
From a US Army family of a Soldier, stationed at Ft. Campbell with the 101st AVN REGT, now serving in Iraq."
--Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, USA 10-18-2005 --

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Mark will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"to the adams family from the wahl family. we are deeply sadden by the news of MARK! Mark has not died in vain! An he is a hero! we lost our son GREGORY last year in BALAD. Although, our son's hadn't known one another. Both neighbor's from North Carolina. (Salisbury) MARK was a military brother to our son as he of your son. MARK was my comfort never to worry of our son. for I knew each soldier had each others back as AMERICANS! MARK you had touched the hearts of so many. to those in your community, county, state, and COUNTRY. from neighbor's, to those in your community, friends, relatives and your own military family of brothers and sisters. you have become a small part of MILITARY, IQARI, AMERICAN AND WORLD history. fighting off terrorism in the world. an to give those in IRAQ hope and a chance to live in peace. MARK you are someone's someone and someone to me! an my heart and prays are with you and your family. to your loving family please reach out to your community and political leaders today. request a street be named in MARKS"S nonor today. it is the very least the community can do for MARK. he deserve's to be longed remembered for the ulitmate scarifice to his community. my tears flow down my cheek as it did for my son GREGORY as it does for MARK today. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Mark Adams, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Mark Adams:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Mark for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Mark Adams:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Mark, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on