Dec 25, 2008
Barb Benard
Merry Christmas Brent. It doesn't seem possible that you are not here once again to spend the holidays
with your family. I remember your midnight entrance's on Christmas eve and all the packages that still
were not wrapped. I always had to keep extra wrapping paper, scothtape and tags so Jack and I could
help you wrap your packages at the last minute. We would stay up talking and wrapping and finally go to
bed between 1:30 - 2 a.m. Christmas morning. If we were going to church I would always have to iron
your pants and shirt because they always looked like they had been left in the dryer for days. You would
tell me don't worry Mom your body heat eventually smoothes out the wrinkles. So many memories come
flooding back. Your two favorite movies It's a Wonderful Life and the Grinch. One year for Christmas I
bought you an air brushed Grinch baseball cap and you put it on with that big smile of yours and didn't
remove that hat for the rest of the day. It was like I had given yo!
u a million dollars.

When Daniel was here in November for his visit with us I took him to the store to buy a video and he
could pick anyone he wanted but you'll never guess which one he picked. Yes, the Grinch that Stole
Christmas (the orginial verision) and he told me it was his favorite movie. Like father like son. I was
missing you so much this morning and had a little melt down and was asking you to send me a message
and just then the phone rang and it was Daniel calling to wish me Merry Christmas and telling us he
couldn't wait to see us. What a blessing! I know you our joining all the other angels in the celestial choir
today celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus.

Your nanny and your sister were both here for dinner and it was an odd day. It was just the four of us
because Missy's children were spending Christmas with their Dad and won't be home until later this
evening. It seemed too quiet without your Daniel and his cousins Alex, Lily and Michael. Then we
remembered why we were to be joyful today the true meaning of Christmas. We know you wouldn't want
us to shed anymore tears.

Of course, as always we made your favorite sugar cookies which is my great grandma's receipe and
Nanny's sand tarts. You loved them both and would eat your fill and then still take some home.
Everywhere I look this Holiday season you surround me with memories. You are forever embedded in
my heart.

Love you,
Mom  (Barb Benard)

Oct 15, 2008
Jeff Jones
Oct. 25, 2008 will be the 25th class reunion of
Hempfield HS Class of 83. We will be missing Brent and we will remember him as
our classmate and friend. I knew Brent to say hello, but unfortunately
did not know him in our HS days as we had different classes in a
graduating class of over 400. I want Brent's family to know that we have not
forgotten him and his sacrafice. We wish his family well and hope that
they will always be comforted by the peaceful memories of 40 years of
loving a great man.

Oct 08, 2008
Rachel Calicutt
I did not know Brent, yet he has still touched my life.
I stumbled across a website while I was signing my fallen friend's
guestbook. He died in Iraq as well. I found a site that listed each
soldier that had fallen in the war in Iraq. The list went on and on, filled
with so many names. Each name had a story. I began to read each one, my
eyes filling with tears. I read and read and never even made it out of
the A's. When I got to Brent's page, I could not control my tears any
longer. I am a teacher. I was on break. My class would soon be returning
and I had to pull myself together. I went to the restroom and washed
away the tears. Sadly enough, I could not was away the sadness I felt in
my heart for all the wonderful heroes I had just read about who had so
valiantly given up their life for my freedom. For some reason, Brent's
story stuck out in my mind. I think it is becasue he died in a such a
selfless act. I cannot think of a finer hero. I did not know him o!
r his family, but my prayers and thoughts have been with you this past
week. I opened my web browser up today, and for some reason it
converted back to Brent's page. So I began to read all that everyone had
written about him. Once again, it touched my heart and the tears began to
flow. Throughout his story, I noticed that Brent knew the Lord as his
Savior. I cannot wait to meet this wonderful hero someday in Heaven. I
only wish I knew him to thank him for his service this side of Glory. God
bless his family and all those left to carry on without him. ~Rachel

Oct 03, 2008
Tony Szwarc
To Brent a great friend you are  be missed,

Feb 13, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
December 1,2005. My sincere condolences to his wife, Marilyn, son Daniel
and the rest of his family and friends. Daniel, I did not know you, but
believe you did your best and You Have Not Been Forgotten. The Fallen
Warriors Memorial sounds Outstanding. Christmas in Arlington... Rest
easy, sleep well my brother. 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..... Rod.

June 1, 2007
Pam Adams

In the Rising of the Sun and in the going down,
We remember you:
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of
The winter, We remember you.
In the opening of the buds and in the warmth
Of Summer, we remember you.
In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember you.
When we are tired and in need of Strength, we remember you.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember you;
So long as we live, you too shall live, For you are part of us,
And we remember you.
You always were, are and will be part of Us.
We love you and we miss you so much!

April 17, 2006
Pam Adams
Something happened way back in December that I just
cannot get out of my mind and I woke up this morning thinking about it as well.  I wanted to share it with
you all today.....believe or choose not to believe.  

December 1, 2006 was the first anniversary of Brent's death.  His Dad and sister Melissa decided they
were going to spend the day together hiking Hawk Mountain - a place where the three of them had hiked
many times.

When the kids were small Bill (Dad) used to stop on the way to Hawk Mountain, kids in tow, and pick up a
pack of cherry lifesavers and blueberry tastycakes for Brent and Tastycake cupcakes for sister
Melissa.     On the hike up the mountain when the kids correctly identified
wildflowers, trees, etc., Bill would give them one cherry lifesaver as a reward.  At the top of the
mountain they would sit and have their tastycakes and cupcakes together.

When Bill and Miss decided to do this last 12/1 I thought I would go to the store and get cherry
lifesavers and pies and cupcakes.  Bill told me you will never find a pack of just plain cherry lifesavers -
they don't make them much anymore around here.     Not to be deterred I went to the store - could not
find any cherry lifesavers, only the five colored packs.  Went to the tastycake section and no tastycakes
I decided to go to the check out and ask them when they would be stocking tastycakes and while
standing in line I look over at the candy section and there, believe it or not, was ONE pack of CHERRY
lifesavers.  I picked it up in my now shaking hands and purchased it.  They told me they wouldn't have
any delivery of tastycakes that day.

In the car I sat and stared at this pack of lifesavers for a long time.  I decided to go across the street to
our Turkey Hill store to look for tastycakes.  Of course there were lots of cupcakes and many different
kinds of pies - low and behold there was ONE blueberry pie left.  it was like it was there just waiting for
me to arrive and purchase it.  

When at the cash register paying for the pie and cupcakes I just started to cry.  Of course the cashier
was worried about me and so I felt I had to explain this incredible thing that has just happened.  She
came out from behind the register to give me a much needed hug and said "your son will be with you on
this trip today ma'am, and he wanted to make sure you had all you needed to make it just right".

When I came home and laid down the lifesavers, pie and cakes and told
Bill my story of what had just happened, he did like me - just stared
at them for the longest time.

Bill, Miss and yes Brent went on that hike that day.  He was with them
as surely as I am typing this to you now.

I cannot forget this event, it plays over and over in my mind on a rather regular basis.  I just felt I wanted
to share it with you all
today for some reason.  Believe or not - up to you.............for me it was
and continues to be one of the most comforting things that has happened
since 12/1/05.  

I believe our Angels walk among us - sometimes we just don't hear it or see it.
Pam Adams

08 February 2007
Pam Adams
"We go through life so often,
Not stopping to enjoy the day.
And we take each one for granted,
As we travel on our way.

For in your pain and sorrow,
An Angel’s Kiss will help you through,
This kiss is very private,
For it is meant for only you.

We never stop to measure,
Anything we just might miss.
But if the wind should blow by softly,
You’ll feel an Angel Kiss.

A kiss that is sent from heaven,
A kiss from up above.
A kiss that is very special,
From someone that you love.

So when, your hearts are heavy,
And filled with tears and pain.
And no one can console you,
Remember once again.

About the one you grieve for,
Because you sadly miss.
And the gentle breeze you took for granted,
Was just an Angel’s Kiss."
Author Unknown  

20 January 2007
Thomas Werner

To my fallen comrades and those who will never forget,
Today I made the drive from Villanova to Ft. Indiantwon Gap to
view the Memorial to the 2-28th Combat team.

The weather was cold and very windy and I could hear the dog tags
chiming in the wind from a fair distance. I recognized quite a few
names on the Memorial, a few I knew personally. I was attached to C 1-172 and also B 1-104Cav. I spent
quite a few days outside the wire and seven in my Plt. were wounded.

Todays visit was special, having seen the original at Camp Ramadi.
Very moving. A silent prayer was offered to the fallen and a prayer for the strengh of their loved ones. A
slow salute was made to them, and I know that those of us that made it, will never, never, forget the
sacrifice or memory.

To their memory.
SGT. Thomas Werner

Dec 01, 2006
To the family of SFC. Adams:
My deepest condolences on this first anniversary of the loss of a fine
man and a true hero. I wear SFC. Adams' black KIA band given to me by a
friend who served with him in Ramadi. I hope you find comfort in the
memories he has left you and the inspiration to live your lives to the
fullest as he did and would surely want you to in his absence.
Thank you SFC. Adams for your service and fine example as a leader. You
are missed. Best wishes to your family.  
Steve Elder (Flemington, NJ)  

Fallen Warriors Memorial Re-Dedication
"Yesterday (10/21/06) we attended a Re-Dedication of
the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Fallen Warriors
Memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA to honor our son Brent A.
Adams and 83 others. This Memorial stands 21 feet tall, echoing the 21-gun
salute. The damaged steel represents the unique war the living fight
and the fallen leave behind. Steel plates cover all four sides, acting
like up-armor and holding the names of the fallen. Inside, ID tags for
each fallen soldier are suspended from chains. A light shines on them
from the base of the structure skyward through the obelisk cap. As the
wind passes through the structure the tags move with a wind chime
suspended below them, creating a subtle sound, like the quiet whispers of the
Fallen as they continue to speak to us.
I will hear Brent speak to me everytime I visit this Memorial as I did
yesterday - a sound I found very comforting.
To those who created and constructed this Memorial, originally in
Ramadi, Iraq, only to break it down and bring it home and reconstruct it at
Fort Indiantown Gap --- my heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to you
all. It is yet another reminder that none of our soldiers will ever be
forgotten and their spirit will live on.
Pam and Bill Adams
(Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq)"

Began with love and hopefulness
And ended with shock and fright

As we learned and we found out
About the few short hours before
The shock set in; the grief began
And we still feel it more and more

The anger at those who caused this
And at those who didn't care
Has been replaced with sad acceptance
That your young life could not be spared

How different would our world be
Had this event not occurred
The grief we never would have felt
The crying never heard

You left us with the greatest gift
Your special four year old son
We will help guide him through this and
Continue the great job you had begun

Your family will love you always and miss you forever
Your loving step-mother Pam

Other Tributes

Sgt. 1st Class Brent Allen Adams, born April 29, 1965, in Lancaster, PA.  Killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on
December 1, 2005 at the age of 40.  He was a member of the Army National Guard, 2nd Brigade Combat
Team deployed to Iraq in June of 2005.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn and a 4 year old son Daniel
living in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of William A. Adams III (wife Pamela Adams) of Millersville, PA and
Barbara E. Benard (husband John (Jack) L. Benard Jr.) of Columbia, PA.  
Additional survivors include sister Melissa A. Nalevanko ( husband Steve Nalevanko) of York, PA,
step-sister Lisa Anderson (husband David Anderson) of East Petersburg, PA, step-brother John(Doug)
Benard (wife Lisa Smith) of Mashpee, MA, step-brother Brent Benard (wife Jody Ritzman) of Lebanon,
PA, and ten nieces and nephews.  Brent is the Godfather to niece Alexandria Nalevanko.   He is also
survived by a maternal grandmother Arlene Wimer, Lancaster, PA, and step-grandparents Dale and Pat
Martin, Hanover, PA, and numerous Aunts and Uncles in the Lancaster, PA area.

Brent was born with a head full of dark hair and plump little cheeks.  He was a happy baby with a smile
that followed him into adulthood.  That smile became know by his friends and fellow soldiers as the
"Adams' Smile."

His entire life he was forever curious and developed a love of books and a thirst for knowledge.  He
was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying backpacking, hiking and camping. He loved music of all kinds from
heavy metal to big bands and symphonies.  He was an avid Penn State, Pirates, and Steelers football
game watcher.  He knew the bible well and was active in his church.  Brent was President of his Church
Council prior to his deployment to Iraq.  

Brent also enjoyed trips to the beach with his family and loved being on the water fishing or watching
the sunset.  He waited a long time to marry and become a father.  In 1999 he married becoming a father
in 2001 to Daniel Louis Adams.  Daniel was the center of his life and completed Brent.  I have never seen
him as happy as the years he spent with Daniel.  He was a very devoted hands-on father, doing
everything for his son from changing diapers, to staying up with him when he was sick.

On the day that Brent was killed we found out that he volunteered for this particular mission to give his
men a break from all the work they were doing.  He was assigned to the Marines for the day to help build
a new base for the Iraqi Army.  On the return trip his vehicle was struck by a rocket fired by insurgents.  
We were told that God was merciful in that Brent probably died instantly and did not suffer.  

We have heard stories from his fellow soldiers about how he conducted himself while in
selflessly helping others, being a great leader to his men.  His character, his sense of humor, and his
knowledge of God and the Bible and always sharing it with anyone who would listen has brought us
comfort and made us even prouder than we already were.  They call him a Hero (a man admired for his
achievements and noble qualities) to his family , he already was and forever will be.  

Brent,  your responsibility to your men,  your loyalty to the oath you took, your unwavering commitment
to duty, and your honor make you our shinning star.

All our lives have changed forever and you Brent will always hold a special place in our hearts that no
one else could ever replace.  We will move forward knowing that you are now our Angel and will look
out for all of us.  We will help raise your son and tell Daniel about his wonderful father, and continue the
great job you had begun.  We will relive each memory we have with each story we tell him throughout
his life.  God gave us this gift named Brent Adams.  The gift that even his death cannot take away will be
the wonderful memories we all have of this precious baby who turned into a man that we will be proud
of forever.  

God will give us strength to get through this, to the point that we can once again smile at a memory of
Brent rather than tears that flow so easily now.

Missing you terribly,

Additional tributes Page 2
SFC Brent Adams
April 29, 1965 - December 1, 2005
Brent with Son Daniel