|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1981|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2004, Iraq|
Sgt. Brandon E. Adams
Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA
Date of Death: 9/19/2004
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division
Unit's Base: Fort Drum, N.Y.
A soldier from Blair County has died from head injuries he suffered months ago in a grenade attack.
Sgt. Brandon E. Adams, 22, of Hollidaysburg, Blair County, died Sunday at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to his grandmother and a funeral home.
Adams, who was with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y., was wounded by a grenade while in Fallujah on Feb. 16, said his grandmother, Melda Bricker.
Doctors in Baghdad were able to remove six pieces of shrapnel from his head, but they had to leave three pieces behind and remove parts of his skull, Bricker said.
He spent the next several months in hospitals in Germany, at Walter Reed, and in Richmond, Va., recovering from his wounds and going through therapy. He stayed in a hospital in Altoona until last week, when he went back to Walter Reed for surgery to have metal plates put in his head.
"He was improving very slowly. His mind was good and all his vital signs were fine. ... A week before they took him down [to Walter Reed], he had started to say a few words," Bricker said.
When Brandon E. Adams managed to speak a few words to his family, they hoped the worst had passed.
A 2000 high school graduate, Adams wrestled during high school and liked camping and hiking, his grandmother said. He joined the Army after graduating from high school in Altoona and was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, before going to Fort Drum in 2003. He left for Iraq in October.
Adams is survived by his parents, a brother and a sister, and his grandmother, Melda Bricker.
*A heartfelt thank you to Find A Grave contributor, AlG for fulfilling my photo request for Brandon Adams memorial marker and for paying tribute to this young American hero.
**A very special thank you to Find A Grave contributor Linda Crawford for sponsoring my memorial for Brandon Adams. May your kindness be returned a hundredfold.
Plot: Sec V
Created by: Rosie
Record added: Nov 21, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12447228