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Lieut Michael Robert Adams
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Army 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams was deployed to Iraq last year. The 24-year-old told his parents he had one goal: to bring all his platoon members back alive. His worst day, Adams told his father, was when he learned one of the 15 men under him had gone down in a Chinook helicopter crash. Adams later learned the soldier survived. In fact, no one in his unit would die in Iraq. Except him.
Adams, a 1998 graduate of Kentridge High School in Kent, and a 2002 graduate of West Point, was killed in an accident west of Baghdad on March 16, 2004, while riding in a convoy to Kuwait. He was on his way home.

"His last e-mail to us he said, 'Hopefully, the next time you hear from me, it'll be from Kuwait,'" said his father.

The accident occurred when a passing vehicle struck the tank Adams was riding in, causing the barrel of a mounted .50-caliber machine gun to swing and strike Adams from behind. He was pronounced dead at a combat support hospital. "It was just a very tragic traffic accident," his father said.
Added by: Rosie
6/24/2006
 
 
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