Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams

24, of Seattle, Washington.
Adams died in Al Asad, Iraq, when the barrel of the .50 caliber weapon mounted on his tank struck him. He was a member of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on March 16, 2004.

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"I was in JROTC with Lt. Adams at Kent Ridge HS. I last spoke to him when I was on leave after graduating USMC Boot Camp, MCRD San Diego. He was proud to have been accepted to his college and was proud at the prospect of having the opportunity to join and serve in the military. He is missed."
Sgt Stamm, USMC of Camarillo, CA

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"I have been unable to reach SFC West via email to discuss/commemorate our shared past with Mike Adams. Others that served with us may remember me as LT Parmer (Apache Red 1). In 3ACR, 1st Squadron, Apache Troop, I was the 1st Platoon Leader and Mike was the 4th Platoon Leader.
On the day of his passing, I was rear guard of the HET convoy headed south into the “Green Zone.” When the incident occurred, I ordered the convoy to a halt and ran to the HET carrying Mike’s tank. I met 1SG Turner there and we began medical response. SSG (at the time) West and CPL Jarvis joined us almost immediately in providing aid. I left the track in order to ensure that a MEDEVAC was in route (unfortunately we were in a radio comms dead spot)…eventually having to connect with the HET Convoy Captain whose was able to raise Al Asad through a text transmission relay.
I reiterate that Mike was a GREAT guy! He had a passion for making videos and capturing photos of his unit’s time in Iraq. He talked lovingly about his family and fiancé. And, he was sure to be included on every prank pulled at the staff meetings.
As evident by this memorial wall and his funeral services (1 in theater and 1 at his burial site) he was respected & loved by all the soldiers who surrounded him. His memory is still safeguarded today in the logs of 3ACR and soldiers that stand to defend his name from mis-use (SFC West). Thanks Green 1 for all the lives you touched….mine included!
- David (david.parmer@navy.mil)"
David Parmer of California, MD, USA

"Never forgotten!"
1SG Enrique Sanchez of AUSTIN, TX

"It was an honor serving with you and watching you lead from the front. The whole troop was devastated when we heard what happened that day. You are proof that god drafts only the best for his army. Rest well."
James Cotter of Belding, MI

"As we go into the 10th year since Michael passed away, know that he is thought of often, and is not forgotten. Even though I was in a different platoon that Michael, I know that his soldiers respected him greatly. It was an honor to be a part of the funeral detail, and will be something that will be with me forever."
Justin Jenness of Lewistown, MT

"I had the honor to serve with 1LT Adams in OIF 1. He was a great leader, soldier and friend. I could not have asked for a better leader in our time of war. He carried us through combat and returned the soldiers under his command safely to their families. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, you are never forgotten."
Tobi Leiker of Fairfax, VA

"I was LT Adam's wingman and friend during our rotation in OIF1. I was there when he died. I was there when we (SPC Jarvis and myself) tried to save him. I don't know who you are David Parmer, but if you were there, then you know me. 1SG Turner is a friend of mine and he was present during that fatal incident, but I would not stop trying to save LT Adams until the MEDIVAC arrived. I stayed with Michael on the helo and through the entire mortuary process ending in Kuwait. I will not dishonor Mike's memory and say what's really on my mind, Mr Parmer. You can reach me on my email donald.c.west@us.army.mil"
SFC Don West of Fort Knox, KY

"I was there when Michael left us. 1SG Turner and I did all we could to save him....it was not enough. I am haunted by the events surrounding his death as I keep thinking there was something more I could have done.
Mike was a GREAT guy that always lent a helping hand. He was a GREAT leader who always took care of his soldiers. He was a great family man..spoke often of his family and fiance.
I wear a bracelet with his name everyday to commemorate him but I did not have the courage to attend his funeral. I hope this message is read by his family, so that I may finally express my sorrow for their loss and express how good of a friend he was to me.
I hope someday I will have the courage to visit his burial site.
See you at the Fiddler's Green - my friend aka "Green 1.""
David Parmer of California, MD

"I was there when this happened and I will always remember that we lost a great man that day. A HERO for this great Nation and I will never forget or allow others to forget what these Heroes do."
SFC Sanchez Enrique of Austin, TX/USA

"though seven years// you are not forgotten. rest in peace."

"To the family of:Michael R. 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""

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Sincerely and Respectfully,

"My name is SSG Matthew D. Callahan and I met 1LT Adams in Iraq. I was assigned with him at Tiger Base with him from May-Sept 03. I have started a memorial profile for him at
I want to get all historical and personal informatin as correct as possible. I can be reached at mc2252@yahoo.com or at the site above. Thank you."
SSG Matthew D. Callahan of Leominster MA USA

"March 18, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams:
Michael 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I do not know Michael Adams but as a fellow past Tanked of 2/3rd ACR Fox Trp Fort Carson, CO I just want to let the family know I feel your pain of your loss and know he is in a better place. R. Holloway"
Roger Holloway of Wichita Falls, Texas

"I remember you like it was yesterday and you played a joke on my sgt telling him that your tank had broken down and we could tow it back to Tiger base with a humvee all he had to do was put the tank in neutral and the sgt believed him, I still laugh when I think of the LT and that day. I was sickened when I heard that such a great guy was killed, the army really lost a Great Soldier and a Great Leader. " BRAVE RIFLES SIR!"
SPC J Collins 94th MP of Norwood MA

"Its a terrible thing when a great man like this who should be living and carrying on his life cant. This is a great existence we all get a shot at here. May one day we stamp out death and evil forever."
Eric of Wisconsin

"God Bless you and keep you, and peace and love to your family! Thank you for your bravery!"
Andrea of Philadelphia, PA

"Go Zoo, Sir. I miss you."
Timothy Brooks, F2 05. of Ft Bragg, NC

"Thank You for YOUR SERVICE 1st. Lt Adams. Just know your family will always be in my prayers. God Bless and Keep You In the Palm of HIS HAND. From a Stranger but a mom of a Army Fallen Soldier."

""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

"Thank you Sir.

SGT Paul Dayes
Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2"

"Brave Rifles..."
Paul Brian Michalak of Byron,MN U.S.

"You are my hero, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"To: Family and Friends of Michael R. Adams

I was pleased to recieve a HEROBRACELET bearing the name

1LT Michael R. Adams

I WILL NEVER FORGET your service to our Nation.

David C. Osborne

of Tallahassee, Florida

"I just want to thank you for what you have given us."
Dan Flynn of Boston, MA

"Michael was my best friend in elementary school. I will always remember him as an adventurous, funny, and caring kid with a wisdom and maturity far beyond his years. His family and friends have been and continue to be in my prayers. Thanks, Michael, for all the great memories."
Amanda Peterson of Urbana, IL USA

"Lieutenant Adams, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Michael, thanks for honoring our country and serving in Iraq. May you be forever blessed."
Lori of Vancouver, Wa

"Mike was a friend. One of the nicest guys I knew and always willing to put others before himself. His character was a tribute to his upbringing, his school and his country. He was a warrior, great fisherman and a helluva great guy. We'll all miss him."
buddy from F2

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Michael will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Michael 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 First Lieutenant Michael 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 Michael 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 First Lieutenant Michael 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 Michael, 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