Let the memory of Pfc Michael be with us forever
  • Passed away on August 21, 2003 .

20, of Spartanburg, S.C.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; died on Aug. 21 in Baghdad, Iraq. 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 as a result of injuries sustained during the fire.

Although they were eight years apart, Michael and Matt Adams were always close. After the younger Michael went into the Army — and following the Sept. 11 attacks — his older brother decided to join, too.

“Michael loved it, and that’s why I do,” said the 28-year-old Matt Adams, who is stationed in Korea.

Pfc. Michael Scott Adams, 20, died Aug. 21 from smoke inhalation when a fire erupted in a building during a training exercise in Iraq.

Adams, of Spartansburg, S.C., was stationed in Germany. Adams joined the Army in 2001 after graduation from high school.

“Michael was an unassuming fellow with a wonderful big, big, smile,” said Gloria Close, Adams’ guidance counselor. “He gave his best at every thing he did.” Adams is also survived by his parents and a sister.

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