Adams, Mark Phillip, Sgt

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0352-Anti-Tank/Assault Guided Missileman
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Primary Unit
2005-2005, 0352, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
Service Years
1999 - 2005


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North Carolina
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Home Town
Morrisville, North Carolina
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 2005
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 8227

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GWOT FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2005, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  2000-2003, 0352, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)
  2005-2005, 0352, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)2
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Sgt. Mark P. Adams, 24, of Morrisville, N.C., died Oct. 15 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Saqlawiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve?s II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, N.C. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Adams was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II MEF (Forward). Sgt. Mark Adams served on active duty from 1999 to 2003. At the completion of his enlistment, Sgt. Adams left the Marine Corps to pursue his college education. In the summer of 2005 Sgt. Adams returned to active duty on his own free will, requesting to be attached with a unit deploying to Iraq. Sgt. Adams was thus attached to 2/6 Wpns Co. Sgt. Adams instantly made a positive impact on the Marines around him. Just prior to his death Sgt. Adams was promoted to the billet of Platoon Sergeant, evidence of his leadership ability. Sgt. Adams (PltSgt) was with a four vehicle patrol on Oct 15, 2005 when his vehicle was hit by an IED. Sgt. Adams had releived a Marine in the gun turret of the humvee, taking up the position in the last vehicle of the patrol, covering the rear. As the patrol came through the town of Al Saqlawiyah, Iraq an IED detonated in front of Sgt. Adams' vehicle. A piece of shrapnel ricocheted off the back of his SAPI plate, striking him under the back of his kevlar.

After their final embrace, Mark P. Adams' father noticed two tears trickling down his son's face. "Then he looked at me," Phillip Adams said. "It wasn't a sad look. But he knew, and I knew, we would never see each other on this Earth again." Adams, 24, of Morrisville, N.C., was killed Oct. 15 from a roadside bomb in Saqlawiyah. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune. Friends and fellow Marines said he loved NASCAR and Van Halen and liked to play softball. Adams joined the Marines in 1999 after graduating from high school, where he helped the wrestling team win the state championship. "I was the battalion tattoo artist, and he was always hanging out in my room," said Anthony DeFelice. "He would never get one, though. He was too afraid of what his mom would say." After two semesters at Wake Tech, Adams told his dad he wanted to re-enlist, and this time he wanted to go to Iraq. His father, however, did not want him to go. "I said 'Mark, you could get killed,"' Phillip Adams said in his eulogy. "He said 'Daddy, I'm not afraid to die for my country."' He also is survived by his mother, Rene.

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