- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 23, 1979
- Date of passing: Mar 16, 2004
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
When Michael Adams was deployed to Iraq in 2003, the 24-year-old lieutenant 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,Washington was killed in an accident in Asad,west of Baghdad 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, Donald Adams, a nature photographer in Leavenworth.
The accident occurred when a passing vehicle struck the tank Lt. Adams was riding in, causing the barrel of a mounted .50-caliber machine gun to swing and strike him from behind. He was pronounced dead at a combat support hospital.
"It was just a very tragic traffic accident," his father said.
Lt. Adams was a tank platoon leader with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colo. Born in Wichita, Kan., he moved with his family to Fairwood southeast of Renton Washington as a third-grader. As a Boy Scout, he showed a flair for leadership early on. By his sophomore year at Kentridge, he had made Eagle Scout. As a senior, he was named commander of his Junior ROTC unit.
He was nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. After graduating in 2002, he trained to be an armor officer at Fort Knox, Ky., before being assigned to Fort Carson.
Lt. Adams was the oldest of two children
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