Adams, Shawn, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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2005-2007, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
2004 - 2007
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Operation Iraqi Freedom


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Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
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Dixon, CA

Casualty Date
Jul 22, 2007
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
Location of Interment
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery - Dixon, California
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Infantry Shoulder Cord 25th Infantry Division

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GWOT Fallen
  2007, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  2005-2007, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2005-2007, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2007-2007 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
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Army Sgt. Shawn Adams, 21, Dixon, Calif.; killed while on patrol in Iraq


August 12, 2007|JACK LEONARD | Time Staff Writer

Shawn Adams was always seeking the next rush. As a slim, sinewy kid growing up in Vacaville, Calif., he loved the thrill of roller coasters, the roar of drag racers at a nearby racing strip and cruising around on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

At 17, he enlisted in the Army and found more thrills as a paratrooper, throwing himself out of airplanes and flying in helicopters.

The night before his first parachute jump, he called his mother, Laura Gillis, at her home in Dixon, Calif.

"He said, 'Mama, I'm going to call you on my cellphone on the way down,' " she recalled. "I said, 'Oh, my gosh! You call me when you're safe and back on the ground.' "

The jump went off without a hitch -- and he didn't call while in free fall.

"He was just incredible," said his mother. "He never had any fear in his life."

In mid-July, Adams was nine months into his first tour in Iraq. He called his mother to say that he was holed up in a military base south of Baghdad. While fellow soldiers enjoyed the respite from fighting, finally able to shower and relax, the 21-year-old Army Ranger longed for action.

"He was bored and he wanted to do a job, go out on a mission and do what he was trained to do," she said.

It was the last time they talked. Adams was killed July 22 after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while he was on patrol near Owaset. The date marked his first wedding anniversary.

Adams came from a military family. His father and grandfather served in the Navy, and Adams' father recalled that his son showed a warrior's spirit from an early age.

At 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds at his heaviest, the blue-eyed, blond Adams played center in his junior year for Vanden High School's varsity football team, often out-muscling larger opponents during a winning season.

"He wouldn't back down. He wouldn't give up," said his father, Darcey Adams.

Father and son took trips together to watch drag races at what was then Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma County. At around 9 years old, Adams was allowed to drive mini-dragsters. He became hooked on the sport.

Adams also was a fierce patriot. As a teen, he was deeply affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. He enlisted less than three years later. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

July 24, 2007


DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Shawn G. Adams, 21, of Dixon, Calif., died July 22, in Owaset, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

For more information related to this release the media may contact the U.S. Army Alaska public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.
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