Veterans Day : Honoring the Fallen: Brent Adams who my grandson is named after

Years ago, some recruiter roped my son in to joining the PA. National Guard at one of those high school assemblies.  I was dismayed and quite against it!  But I was told not to worry, it was just for college money, etc.

Yet when it came time for the basic initiation it was real army!  That scared me a bit but I was told not to worry..it was just for basic training and just for college money, etc.

( It WAS real army…while he was there at basic training one of his best friends died in a tragic car accident and he could not come home. )

And later still.. it was real army again, because he had to go to Iraq. I envisioned the PA. National Guard ‘saving’ us in a blizzard, not being sent to Iraq. When my son was in Ar Ramadi, the headlines had something horrible going on there on a daily basis. I would sit at work, in my office, a nervous wreck, until I would see that he was online, available for chat, and still alive. Sometimes he would NOT be available and I would have to follow the news to figure out why…usually someone had died that day and they were not able to get online, and I’d just wait to find out if it was him. There were so many that died over time….

It was an awful time and how did people in the old days ( before the internet and chat and emails and constant news updates ) ever manage the worry and wondering and relying on letters sent in the mail.

There were many deaths in my son’s brigade and one day this gentleman died. Oh, he’d been to my home on several occasions…he was a good friend to my son. He was a wonderful person and loved by all of his comrades.

Quoting my son Scott  ” His name is Sergeant First Class Brent Adams. Brent was my platoon/motor sergeant during my combat tour in Iraq. On 12/01/2005, he lost his life to an insurgent rocket …attack on his truck during a convoy in Ramadi, Iraq. I was supposed to be the driver of that truck, but Brent took my place at the last minute so that I could get some rest from a 24 hour mission in which I hit an IED the night before. This mans selfless service and sacrifice is the reason I am alive today. Rest In Peace, brother. I am forever grateful and forever in your debt. Happy Memorial Day.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/uncategorized/sergeant-killed-in-iraq-put-everybody-ahead-of-himself-613117/?print=1

http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-sgt-1st-class-brent-a-adams/1394169

My grandson is named after this hero that we will never forget.

Thank you to all veterans who have served and are serving now. Thank you to all of the family members who suffer through this time alongside of them.  

 

 

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20 Responses to Veterans Day : Honoring the Fallen: Brent Adams who my grandson is named after

  1. Beautiful memorial post for a wonderful fallen hero. I can’t even imagine what so many military families go through when loved ones are put in harm’s way. I pray for our soldiers every day. May the Lord bring as many home as possible.

  2. Joyce says:

    Lovely tribute to honor our service men and women. My Father served in WWII-came home safely and continued to inspire his family and community.
    Thank you for sharing~
    Jemma

  3. Sheila says:

    I loved reading this tribute, and I am so sorry that Brent didn’t make it back. How wonderful that your son honored him this way!

    I worried about my cousin when he was there, but we didn’t know he was in Yemen. I would have been climbing the walls had I known that.

    Our nephew was watching TV in the Commisary when the Commisary on another base was hit. He said it was surreal. I can’t imagine what these vets have been through in this war or others (I can’t read the descriptions of Valley Forge without weeping), but I am forever grateful for their sacrifices for us.

    xo

    Sheila

  4. Sheila says:

    BTW… Thanks for your sweet comments on Wendy’s quilts on my blog. xoxox

  5. This brings home with a great big dose of reality the struggles and sacrifices soldiers have made for us through the generations. And how real it is to those who are family, and friends.

    Jen

  6. Peggy Thal says:

    Such a sad story! There are so many. A true Hero.

  7. A very nice tribute to the fallen soldier. I am so thankful for the men and women who protect our country.

  8. Margie says:

    My oldest son joined the National Guard too. Following 9/11, his unit was activated and after two weeks basic training sent to Iraq. He was in his late 40’s. He survived but lost a lot of buddies.

    All this over 9/11 and none of the terrorists were from Iraq or Afghanistan. Most were from Saudi Arabia…supposedly our friends. We need to stay out of the business of other countries. Whenever we interfere, we always end up getting into a worst mess.

    If other countries came over here and interfered with our political process, we would be furious and have a fit!

  9. Joyce says:

    Oh, Debra. This is heartbreaking. I knew that little Brent was named for a war hero friend of your son, but I had no idea about the details. Or of your agonizing worry every day that he was deployed. I am so grateful that things worked out for you, but for so many more the toll that this “unjust war” has taken from us is inexcusable.

  10. Grandma Kc says:

    What a wonderful role mode for Brent to have. It is a terrible story – I don’t know how the Moms and families dealt with the not knowing during Vietnam. I think my Aunt lost 30 pounds when my cousin was on his 2nd tour there with the Marines. As I said before – I thank them all for doing what I would not have the courage to do.

  11. Debbie says:

    Wow, this brought tears to my eyes. What a story and what a memory for you all. Such an honor that your grandson is named for him. Blessings to you all.

  12. Debra
    What a moving post, thank you for sharing your story with us. Such a sad loss of life, Brent was a hero, as is your son. ‘Lest we forget’
    Wrenx

  13. Sammy says:

    Your story gave me chills. My son is in the service too. I begged him not to join. I don’t think he knew (I know) he didn’t know what he was getting himself into, but he has been in 5 years and doing a great job. I think high school is way to young to make a choice like that, but the goverment gets them to make it. God bless all the soldiers fighting for us.

  14. Heart wrenching story but this special man will never be forgotten with your grandson carrying on his name. Let’s convince Margie to run for office because I like her thinking. :-)

  15. Pam Adams says:

    I am SFC Brent Adams’s stepmother – I just came across this post quite by accident. Thank you for posting such a wonderful and beautiful post. Hugs.

  16. Corey says:

    When someone writes an post he/she keeps the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user can understand it.
    Thus that’s why this post is amazing. Thanks!

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