This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of SGT Adam Ray, OEF, 09 Feb 2010
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
SGT Ray.. You Will Never Be Forgotten.. SFC Rod, July 26, 2010 Tomahawks!!!!
November 28, 2010
Sgt Adam J. Ray was born in Tampa Florida March 9, 1986. His parents Jim and Donna Ray
are both veterans of the US Army.
Adam and his 4 brothers and sisters were raised in a Loving and Patriotic Christian Home. In
the third grade Adam attended a WWI and WWII Museum and fell in love with the Military.
When he was a Jr. In High school Adam went to Basic Training at FT Jackson SC. and in his
last week became ill and would have to repeat Basic the following Summer at Ft Benning.
Adam didn't mind at all.
He wanted to be an infantryman but his recruiters broke a promise to him and placed him as
a medic. Adam was not discouraged, he finished his first deployment and re-upped as an
Infantryman and was sent to Ft. Lewis, WA to a Stryker Unit, then to Afghanistan. It was there
that while clearing a culvert of IEDs a Terrorist , cowardly hiding behind a bush, used a
remote to detonate an IED. Adam and two other soldiers were stuck, Adam died a few hours
Talking to his commander and fellow soldier we learned that Adam very often volunteered
for dangerous duties so that the married and fathers would not have to risk their lives and
leave behind a family.
He had a reputation as being a "class clown", Everywhere and everyone I met since his
death have reported that Adam was their best friend.
Officers tell me that Adam was special. Although he respected their given rank, he was the
first to welcome them to the unbit, invite them to join in events with him, as if they were life
long buddies. Their rank did not hinder his attempt to become friends.
He was known as a kind, sacrifial and loving man.
Adam was the world to his family. We are all still in shock. This is our first holiday without
him and there is such a blanket of grief over our family. We are emensly proud of our son. He
died doing what he loved.
THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
SGT ADAM RAY's Mother
|Sgt. Adam J. Ray
United States Army
KIA 09 February 2010, Afghanistan