Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Michael S. Adams

20, of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Adams was participating in a small arms fire exercise on the range when a bullet ricocheted and ignited a fire in the building. He died in Baghdad, Iraq as a result of injuries sustained during the fire. Adams was assigned to 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on August 21, 2003.

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"Just wanted to say thank you to the family of Michael, He was a great kid and I think about him a lot. Was stationed with him in Germany and Iraq he was always the one with a smile on. God bless!"
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On today, the 13th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Vincere Vel Mori(To Conquer Or Die)
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"I would really appreciate it if the family of Michael could get in touch with us. My husband was with Michael the day he passed. He's remembered in our home, as well as our hearts. Never forgotten. Please contact us at baptista31@yahoo.com or tinabapt@gmail.com


"I believe my son, Brian Witt, served with Michael in Iraq. I remember him telling me about the fire. Brian died on October 7, 2008 in a work related accident. I know the agony of losing a son and wanted to share my sympathies with Michael's family and remember him on this Memorial Day. God bless...."
Barb Witt of Daytona Beach, FL

"The Calicutt family is honored to be linked to Michael Adams thru our Dorman connection.What an example for all Cavaliers to follow. Thank you Michael and family."
Rosemary Calicutt of Spartanburg, S.C.

"To the family of Michael S. Adams. I just wanted to let you know that my daughter Madeline Cronin and her husband Andy Cronin were like family to "Adam's" as they called him. Madeline thought of him as a younger brother and loved him as such. Both Andy and her think of him often. Just over the holidays we talked about Adam's while they were here. At the time of his death she could not bring herself to write to y'all. It still bothers them both. As a mother myself I know how much it would mean to me to know how much he meant to them. I am sorry for your loss and remember that he is not forgotten by the Croin and Robinson families."
Camille B. Robinson e-mail - Thegiftedone55@yahoo.com of Crowley, Louisiana

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"To Michael's family and friends,
I did not know your soldier but wanted to send my thoughts of extreeme thanks and gratitude for doing what they did. My name it Kelly (Tyrrell) Zitelman and my younger brother PFC Scott Tyrrell also died "from injuries sustained in Iraq during a non-combat related incident" in 2003. He was near an amunitions hold when it exploded on Nov. 14th and died from his injuries on Nov. 20th at Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
It has been just over 6 years for us...and I just wanted you to know that yours, as well as mine have not been forgotten. I want to thank you for the sacrifice that, not only your soldier, but all of you also gave! I hope that you are able to keep Michael's memory alive but have also learned to live with the pain of him being gone. Please know that I will be thinking of all of you and that if any of you ever need to talk with someone "that truely understands"...you can reach me at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com
Kelly :)"
Kelly (sister to a fellow fallen soldier) of Dixon, IL

""To the family of Michael S. Adams ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Always thinking about you Mikey. We miss you very much. Thanks to All"
Matt A. of Powder Springs, Ga

On this day, 5 years ago, we lost a brave and loving young man. I know you are awaiting the arrival of your family and friends, knowing one day we will all be joined together again. I think of you daily and remember all of the great times our families had as we grew up together. You are remembered, never forgotten and loved today and forever. I also wanted to say thank you, we lost a great brother and friend all too soon! We love you! Until then......"
Mamie Wilborn of Greenville, SC

"August 1, 2008 would be Michael’s 25th birthday. Oh we miss him so. Thanks to all who have posted messages on this guest book, especially those who served with Mike. We routinely here from 1st Sgt Alonzo, Sgt Moss and Christie Moss, and Drew Johnson. Our family, friends and community have done so much to support us and keep Michael’s spirit and memory alive, through events, memorials, a bridge named in his honor and a memorial scholarship fund through the Spartanburg County Foundation . Twelve scholarships have been awarded to date, to graduating seniors from Dorman High School. Thanks for all your continued support, God Bless our soldiers."
Rick & Patty Adams of Duncan, SC

"It doesn't seem like it has been long since I remember seeing PFC Adams when the Chaplain and I would show up to his comapany to provide services, but it has been a few years now. He had an up-lifting spirit, and great attitude towards life. I remember trying to comfort the Soldiers that were present, many of whom subjected themselves to harm in an effort to help him. PFC Michael S. Adams you were a tremendous person and Soldier. You will never be forgotten."
SSG Maddox of Ft. Sill, OK/USA

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Michael S. 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

"2007 - All of Mikeys friends in Spartanburg, think of him everytime we pass over the Reidville Road Bridge - that was named in honor of this AWESOMELY FUNNY AND HEROIC man!! He could ALWAYS make a group smile when it was needed!! We LOVE YOU man, and still think of you and your family in times of prayer!!! MUCH LOVE FROM THE SLEMENDAS"
Jonathan Stuart Slemenda of Spartanburg, S.C.

"Pfc Adams and Your Family, It has been almost 3 years since you parted our world as we know it. I want to say THANK YOU for what you did and what you stood for. My son n law started in Afganastan then Iraq and his last trip was back to Iraq now he Joins you, as a Young ANGLE. God Bless the Parents of this young MAN !"

"I think of you often. God Bless.

Jason Eason of Louisville, KY

"No fancy words, no eloguent speech do we have for you. But you do have our hearts as we remember and honor you this day. For all those that love you our heart goes out to them. Time has marched on but we stand firmly in place honoring those that have given so much. We will not forget.
With deep respect and admiration to you a hero."
03/08/06 Dietz Family of Portland Oregon

"Michael, Thank you so much for your service and your sacrifice. May God bless and keep you now in eternal peace. Your Brother in Arms"
Chief Master Sergeant Michael S. Adams of Wichita, KS

""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

"So young. We are so lucky to have people like him willing to sacrifice their lives for the safety of others. Be proud of him."
bb of Rochester, NY

"I remember this day like it was yesterday, though it has been two years and many faces have changed in 1-35 AR. We still haven't forgotten you."
1LT Costin of Baumholder

"I was in basic training with Adams. he was one of the nicest guys ive met. he was well liked and respected by our basic training platoon. He will be missed. he is one hell of a soldier"
Pv2 Marc Albo of phoenix, az

"Army Pfc. Michael S. Adams, I think of you a lot...I never got to know you, but you were one of my husbands'(SSG Kevin Carter) very best soldiers! I remember the letter he sent to me telling me all about you. There isn't a day that goes by that my husband doesn't think about you. We went to his Co. ball this past year and they go through this ceremony where they have an empty table for the fallen soldier....well, after both of us wiped the tears away, we toasted to you and we knew you were there! My husband is back over there and I know that he could use an angel on his shoulder! THANK YOU for everything! My husband and I will never forget you! GOD Bless you and ALL of your Family! You are a HERO!"
Janie of Hanford, CA USA

"Your loved one was remembered on 27 May 2005 in Bicentennial Memorial Chapel General Protestant Worship Service in Fort Gordon, GA. His life and your sacrifice are not forgotten. Thank you. We are praying for you.
Chaplain (Major) Alva Ray Bennett"
Ray Bennett of Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA, USA

"You sweet angel, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Thank you brave soldier for taking the fight to those cowards in Iraq! You have made America proud and we owe you our sincere gratitute. God Bless you Micheal and may He grant your loved ones peace. From a very grateful Americdan family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"He came and went so quickly that it is impossible for life itself to have bequeathed such bravery and courage upon him in such a short time. Therefore, I believe that the Most High (from where these things come) must have given a part of himself to this young man. Blessed be his memory. Blessed be his family. And blessed be the day when we shall see him again in his father’s kingdom."
Lee Pinson of Huntsville, Alabama

"I am from Spartanburg, and I served in OIF 1 and I am on my way back for OIF3 IN jan. Just wanted to say that I appreciate you did Adams and everything that you stand for. I really wish I could have met you."
Jerry P. Hagy jr of columbus ga

"Young, brave soldier, you went where many couldn't. You fought where many wouldn't. War took from us what it shouldn't. Your strength, bravery, and valiant spirit will live on in all of our memories."
Lynn Morin-Caron of Manchester, NH, USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends:May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/21/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Please accept the sincere thanks of a grateful nation and the prayers of one who can only imagine the degree of your sacrifice for America.
Please Read This Poem: Fallen Hero of Iraq"
Charles K. Moss of Sumter, South Carolina

"God bless you Michael!!
I know your sacrifice is too painful to bear, you are missed, you are loved."
Sarah of New Jersey

"He died for Operation Iraqi Liberation."
Pari Tella of NY

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

"hello im just lettin u know thta my thoughts and prayers are with u and to tell u that michael was a very brave man and im very proud of him"
katie fawcett of morriston florida

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family 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 "

"To the family of PFC Adams, isend you my condolences. Your son was a great guy and a real hero. I went to OSUT with him from Aug 01 until Nov 01. We both came to Germany in Jan 02, but to different units. I saw him briefly at tank gunnery in Mar 02 in Grafenwoer, and once during a ratation in Hohenfels where I am stationed. My parayers are with you."
SPC James R. Wade of Hohenfels, Germany

"You will not be forgotten. Even though I did not know you, I thank you and your family for the greatest sacrifice every made by an American"
Pat Walters of Cross Plains WI

"To Pfc. Adams' Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Michael was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

""My condolences to the family of Michael S. Adams, A real hero. You made the ultimate sacrice for your country and now walks in heaven with the other fallen heroes. God Bless.""
Marlena of Killeen, TX

"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

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace"
Amanda K Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi, Texas

"My name is Derek Harrison my son Ron Allen was killed aug25,2003 in Iraq we will remember your family as we pray for all of our fallen heroes ,god bless your family and thank you"
Derek Harrison of Mitchell IN.

"My name is Elisha Pahnke, wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke. My husband was assigned to 1-37 1st armored division in Friedburg Germany. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. Please feel comfort in knowing that you are not alone, and that our soldiers are now looking down on us. Protecting us more now than they ever could have while here on earth. They are heroes. We should be proud of all our boys. May God bless you and your family in this time of tragedy."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville, IN

"To the family and friends of Pfc. 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 Pfc. 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