Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams

27, of La Mesa, California.
Adams, descended from two presidents, became the first Navy officer to die in the war when his Royal Navy Sea King helicopter collided with another chopper shortly after takeoff. He was assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron since October 2002. Died on March 22, 2003.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

Lt. Adams would have turned 28 years old on April 16. He is now buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California.

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"Tom and I were in the same High School graduating class. I've thought of him often over the years, especially as I took my path into Law Enforcement. I still remember the blow when I heard of his passing all those years ago. I remember Tom as wise and mature beyond his years. He carried himself with humility and had all the makings of a quality man. Truly a huge loss. A warrior and a Patriot indeed. For his family and loved ones, I'll always feel honored to even have been an acquaintance of Tom's. Respects and, albeit far too late, condolences."
Paul Roberts of Eastlake, Chula Vista, CA

"Found this page after looking up Lt. Thomas M. Adams whose name is memorialized on the Grossmont High School scoreboard in La Mesa, CA. Thought it nice to share that his alma mater has recognized his service and sacrifice."
Chris Root of La Mesa, CA

"Dear Thomas, family and friends,

You do not know me, but I think about you almost everyday. I witnessed and responded to the crash that took your life. I did the best I could to safe a life that early, dark morning, the opening days of OIF. Also, I was the one that spotted your flight bag in the water and had a boat crew recover it. Hopefully it was returned to your family. However, it was that moment, on the bridge of the USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), did we all realize we has lost a brother, seeing your name in yellow letters along with branch of service. I later provided an interview to a panel of British and American pilots, and they later explained what I had witnessed.

I am still serving in the Navy and often keep you in mind when training younger officers. This is a way to honor you, your family and friends.
You are not forgotten."
Matt Dillon of Camp Navarro

You have been sorely missed. You were a "Sailor's Sailor". I served with you in VAW-115. It was an HONOR to serve beside you. Always looking out for the "little guys". I remember you letting me borrow your vast collection of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" DVDs while I was on watch. Always the practical joker i bet you are giving ol' St. Peter a run for his money. LOL You will never be forgotten."
AME1 Truman A. Lowry II of Oak Horbor, WA

"I wear your bracelet everyday...You will not be forgotten. This past 9/11 we proudly had our American flag flown in your honor at the U.S. Capital. Hope you approved :-) RIP"
Penny Herbert Evans of Fort Hood, TX

"It is on today, 9/11, that memories of Tom resurface. We were in flight school together in Pensacola, and though it had been a few years since we had spoken, learning of his loss in 2003 hit me hard. But he will always be remembered in my family at least, as our second son carries his name, Logan Thomas Rice. Thank you Tom... Never could beat you at Trivial Pursuit."
Eric Rice of Springfield, VA

"I thought it fitting to think of Tom as the world cup just gets under way and the US is about to take on England. I served in a different squadron in CAG 5 but we were still friends. His BOQ room in Atsugi was decked out with soccer jerseys- that I won't forget. To the Adams family, I have never met you, and I know it is a struggle every day, but know that there are plenty of us out there that don't forget the sacrifice he made."
N Rao of Mons, Belgium

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Tom, I was your classmate in high school. I will always remember your kindness, humility, integrity and idealism. I learned much from you and your loss is deeply felt. Rest in peace."
Pedram Amini of Encino, CA

"Thinking of you on Memorial Day--RIP. Your humor and great attitude during deployments on the USS Kitty Hawk is remembered fondly."
Chris of Arlington, VA

It's been 6 years, and I still miss you brother. Was at Arlington on Memorial Day. Thought I was going to be ok, until the cannons went off. Lost it on the spot. We miss you Tom."
LCDR Gabriel "Kermit" Helms of Portsmouth, RI

""Never met you, never met your family.

Just happened to come across your gravesite while overlooking Pt Loma. Don't know why I copied your name. Maybe because of our close age, adherance to Honor, or just curious.

I thank you for what you stood for.

To Lt. Adam's family and friends. May God continue to provide strength."
K9 Officer Paul Werth, US Customs and Border Protection (USCG E-8 Retired) of Blaine, WA.

"Hey Tom... was just thinking about you today for some reason. Wanted to say 'thank you' for always being a friend, whether it was in the RAG at VAW-120 or when coming to visit VAW-115 in Japan. You always made yourself my de facto 'host', taking me out for the best local food and fun. It was much appreciated. You're missed."
LT Matty D of Washington, DC. USA

"Tom, thank you and rest in peace."
Phuoc Le of San Diego, CA

"May 22, 2007
To the family of Thomas Mullen Adams. Thomas 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

"You are greatly missed, Tom. I so enjoyed our conversations back and forth over the years as we moved around the world and experienced the start of "real life". I am so sorry that yours was taken prematurely. You are much loved and missed. Still. Always."
Nicola Evans of Illinois


You will live in eternity among our nation's greatest heroes and warriors. Rest in peace shipmate."
MIDN Paul Bradley of Chapel Hill, N.C.

"Lt. Adams,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and all the other men who were on those helicopters with you for your service and sacrifice. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, TX

"I had'nt seen Tom since high school, yet the news of his passing still hurts deeply, a testament to how he touched us."
Donald Prieto of El Cajon, CA

"I recognize your picture from school. It's hard to remember when we ever looked that young. God bless you for your courage and your sacrifice. I will pray for you and your family from now on. We'll meet again someday in the celestial kingdom, and until then I hope you'll put a good word in for the rest of us."
Ken of Houston, TX

"Lt. Adams just to know I am thinking of you and your family. A stranger I am but Honor your courage just the same. THANK YOU SIR"

""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

"Although I have never met this man and I was just browsing on this site for info on an essay i am sure that he was a very honerable man and served his country well."
Caraline of Connecticut

"God bless you."

"What a handsome man he was. I am sure he is sorely missed and loved. We will try to honor his life by supporting the ideals of this country."
Kim Brogan of Bonita, CA 91902

"You are a true blessing, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"I am so sorry for your lose. I did not know of your son until Jan.3 2005, when I recieved a $1 bill that said: MEMORIAL DAY 2004 BILL 8 OR 30 HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams. I would like to send this to your family if you would wish it. Please contact me at moore_ra@msn.com and I will send it where ever you would like. Once again my condolences to your family."
Alice Geyer of Black Hawk, SD

"Tom's memory will forever live on. His genuine nature touched the hearts of those that crossed his path. Tom you are, and will forever be, my friend!"
LT Kaz Hashigami of Norfolk, Va

"R.I.P fellow shipmate and fallen hero, missed you shall be from everyone who cared for you in Atsugi, japan and all over the world."
Jamil & Rocio Martinez of Queens, NY

"Rest in peace sir. Your memory will sit in 849 annals for eternity. God bless you."
Lacmn Savage of 849sqn Royal Navy

"To the family of Thomas Mullen Adams:
My sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one. I know how that feels as my husband, Spc Justin W. Linden also passed away in Iraq on June 4, 2004. These men were so much more than just names like the news makes them out to be and I wanted to let you know that there are many American's out there who truly appreciate your loved ones sacrifice. These men will never be forgoten. Stay strong and just remember he will be with you forever in your hearts, and one day you will be reunited in heaven."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR

"I just remember a nice, quiet smart guy from high school. I'll leave it at that..."
Isaac Russell of Arizona

"r.i.p i love u darlin x xx x all my love
rachel and lora"
rachel of leyland


"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

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.

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

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
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, Thomas, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"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

"Thank you Thomas 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

It's Remembrance Day here in England and I still can't believe you are gone. You were the best and the brightest of us, and an incredibly nice guy as well. I have great memories over 9 years and will never forget you."
Erika Schwartz - Friend of San Diego/ London. England

"Tom, we will never forget you and your friendship to our son"
The Foxes of Stony Creek C T USA

"Please accept my condolences. Thomas looked like a nice guy and I am sure he was. Please accept my prayers for you and all of your family."
Michelle of Canada

"my name is Derek Harrison ,we lost our son Ron Allen on Aug,25,2003 in Iraq.we will pray for your family and may god bless your family ,we are proud of all of our heroes thank you the Harrisons"
Derek Harrison of Mitchell IN.

"A very brave man, your country must be very proud. Rest in peace fallen hero."

"May God bless your family and help you to cope in such a difficult time. I understand exactly what you are going through because I lost my cousin in the Iraqi Freedom Operation. On behalf of my cousin,PFC.Johnny Brown and our family, we reach out our hand to a fellow soldier and his family asking that God bless all those who were touched by Thomas.
God Bless all our servicemen and women."
Shaylese Marcum of Auburn, AL

"He was a truly beautiful person, inside and out. It's comforting to know he left this world doing what he loved best. Tommy, we miss you~"
Victoria Bayly-Cousin of Anchorage, Alaska

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Carlos Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown, Ohio"
Carlos Kathy and Ashley Jones of Middletown Ohio

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To a Hero:

Thank you so much...God Bless your family and friends!"
sarah of forestport newyork

"To the family and friends of Lt. Thomas 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 Thomas 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 Lt. Thomas 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 Thomas, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Tommy really was one of those people just loved hanging out with. We as a family miss him very much. Thank you for your kindness and prayers."
Sam Marcrum, Cousin of San Diego, CA

"Rest In peace...God bless you"
Sgt. Garza and Martha of Ft. Hood, Texas

"Thank you Thomas Mullen Adams for being a true hero. You are who makes America the "land of the free". You will be forever remembered."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"We shall never forget Thomas Mullen Adams. We will see the Iraqi children free in the streets of Iraq and remember that the cause in which Thomas was fighting was just, and that he did not die in vain. God bless him, and God bless his family and friends."
Courtney of Dallas, Tx

"Thank you so much. RIP Brave Sailor"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Thank you for allowing your son to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of Charlottesville, VA

"Thank you for your sacrifice"
Ginger Smith & Family of Hillsboro, In

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family We will never forget your hero"
Lori of Phila Pa

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