Died May 27, 2006
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York
Died May 27, 2006 in the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained May 22 when his convoy encountered small-arms fire in Baghdad, after returning from an explosive ordinance mission.
The events of 9/11 drove Adam’s desire to do something for his country. While still in high school, he signed up for the Army under the Delayed Entry Program, and chose to pursue his military training as a Combat Engineer, or “Sapper.” After graduating in 2003, he completed his basic and advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was subsequently assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York. His unit was deployed to Iraq in August of 2005.
An Army Of One
Poem by Adam Garcia
He stands alone in the shadow of fear
He is leaving his friends and his family
The thought of war in his mind not so clear
For he has joined the United States Army
And he must believe in himself strongly
Because in war if he fights strong and dies
It will be known that he fought bravely
For death is the one thing he does despise
And if he dies at home there his body lies
They will pin his medals upon his chest
And his mom will remember his brown eyes
They will tell her he has done his very best
By facing his fear his war has been won
Now he can call himself an army of one.
SPC Adam Garcia was 20 years old from Irving, Texas
Original portrait was presented March 16, 2008 to his parents during a special Gold Star memorial event held in Amarillo, Texas.
Sponsored for family by:
The Students, Families and Faculty of Fisher Elementary, Frisco, Texas