Adams, Clarence I, III, SPC Fallen
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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B-Combat Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Last Unit
2002-2004, 12B, 91st Engineer Battalion
Service Years
2001 - 2004


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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Baghdad. Iraq

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 2004
Hostile, Died of Wounds
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Oakwood Cemetery - Richmond, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Engineer Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Global War on Terrorism Fallen
  2013, Global War on Terrorism Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division91st Engineer Battalion
  2001-2004, 12B, 1st Cavalry Division
  2002-2004, 12B, 91st Engineer Battalion
 Colleges Attended 
  1999-2001, Virginia Union University
 Combat and Operations History
  2004-2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Iraqi Governance (June 29, 2004-Dec. 15, 2005)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Clarence Adams III was the kind of guy who always made time to phone a younger sibling. "He would tell me never to stoop to a low level, to always carry myself with respect," said his brother, Mykale Adams. "He was always looking out for me, no matter where he was." Adams, 28, of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 7 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. He died the day after his birthday, which he shared with twin sister Pamela, a doctoral student. Adams, who loved Cheese Nips and Slim Jims, was a star running back in high school. He went to Virginia Union University on a partial athletic scholarship and joined the Army to help pay for the rest of his education. He was deployed to Kosovo twice and was based at Fort Hood, Texas. "He was a true soldier," said his father, Clarence Adams Jr. "He wanted to do right. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and that's why he went." His oldest daughter, Indya, 8, agreed: "He always thought of others before himself. He loved you no matter what." Adams also is survived by his wife, Tanja, and five other children: Aaron, LaShawndra, Oshea, Savannah and Asya.

Offered February 18, 2005
Celebrating the life of Specialist Clarence Adams III.
Patron-- Jones, D.C.; Senators: Lambert

WHEREAS, United States Army Specialist Clarence Adams III, a resident of Richmond, died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on September 7, 2004; and

WHEREAS, Clarence Adams was a star running back on the football team at Varina High School in Henrico County, where he rushed for more than 3,800 yards in four years, and later played for Virginia Union University; and

WHEREAS, Clarence Adams came from a family with a strong military tradition, and he followed in the footsteps of his grandfathers, who served in the Navy in World War II; his father, who served during the Vietnam War; and his older brother, who served in the Navy during the 1991 Persian Gulf War; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Clarence Adams, who had twice been deployed to Kosovo during the Serbian conflict, was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Clarence Adams died on September 7, 2004, of injuries sustained the previous day when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Clarence Adams' death is a reminder of the perils faced daily by the thousands of young Americans who serve in our armed forces overseas and whose devotion to duty places them in harm's way; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of a courageous and patriotic Virginian, Specialist Clarence Adams III; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Specialist Clarence Adams III as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly and the citizens of Virginia.
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