Adkinson, Vinson, III, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
62E10-Heavy Construction Equipment Operator
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2010-2010, 62E10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Service Years
2003 - 2010
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom


Honor Guard
Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
FOB Shank, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 31, 2010
Hostile, Died of Wounds
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Fort Sill National Cemetery - Elgin, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division 82nd Airbone Division Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
82nd Airborne Division4th Infantry DivisionSpecial Troops Battalion,173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2003-2004, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  2004-2009, 4th Infantry Division
  2010-2010, 62E10, Special Troops Battalion,173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2010-2010, 62E10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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Last Known Activity
Born: December 13, 1983 in Harper, Kansas
Died: August 31, 2010 in Logar, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Vinson B. Adkinson III of Duncan, Oklahoma grew up in Empire, and left in his junior year of high school to live with an aunt in Kansas before he graduated in 2003. He immediately entered into the military after graduating; reenlisting several times. Trinity as he was known by family and friends, was serving his second tour in Afghanistan, having previously served three tours in Iraq. He married Veronica Stewart on June 17, 2005. His Awards and Decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal (second award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral four), the NATO Medal, a Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver  Wheeled Vehicles, the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge  Marksman with Rifle. SSG Adkinson was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He leaves his wife, Veronica, his father, Vinson Adkinson Jr, his sister, Mary Kay and his brother, Jacob. He died at age 26 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
173rd Brigade Support Battalion
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Bamberg, Germany
Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma

Vinson was currently a Ranger in the 173rd Airborne Division with the United States Army. He had served three tours in Iraq and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan. He began his military career with the 82nd Airborne Division followed by serving with the Honor Guard of the 4th Infantry Division.

Army Staff Sgt. Vinson B. Adkinson III

Died August 31, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Harper, Kan.; assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany; died Aug. 31 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Sgt. Raymond C. Alcaraz, Pfc. Matthew E. George and Pfc. James A. Page.

Grandmother: He wanted to go back to Afghanistan to bring peace to people

The Associated Press

DUNCAN, Okla.  An Oklahoma soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan was buried Sept. 13 after a funeral service in Duncan.

The Duncan Banner reported that the private service for Staff Sgt. Vinson B. Adkinson III, 26, at Ray of Hope Church south of Duncan was only open to family and friends. Outside the church, supporters  including members of the Patriot Guard Riders on their motorcycles  roamed the grounds, and others lined nearby roads with red, white and blue signs.

Adkinson's father, Vinson Adkinson Jr., and the soldier's sister, Mary Kay, each rang a traveling replica of the Liberty Bell in the soldier's honor.

Adkinson, an Army Ranger with the Bamburg, Germany-based 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, and three other soldiers died when an improvised explosive device blew up near their unit Aug. 31. The Army said he enlisted in 2003 and was assigned as a heavy vehicle operator.

He grew up in the tiny community of Empire City, Stephens County, but moved to Kansas, where he graduated from high school. The Army listed his hometown as Harper, Kan.

He was buried at Fort Sill National Cemetery.

Adkinson had served three tours of duty in Iraq and was in his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. On Sept. 11, his father said Adkinson was born to be in the military. Adkinson's grandmother, Mary Adkinson, said she didn't want him to serve another tour of duty in Afghanistan.

I begged him not to go back, she said after seeing her grandson earlier this year. She said he told her he needed to return to Afghanistan so that the people of that nation could have peace in their lives.

After the funeral, a military escort brought Adkinson's flag-draped casket out of the church and placed it in a white hearse. As the hearse's rear door closed, red, white and blue balloons were released.


Friends remember four 173rd soldiers killed in Afghanistan
By Dan Blottenberger
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 13, 2010

(Pfc. Matthew George's hometown was spelled incorrectly in a previous version of this story. In addition, the article should have said that the four soldiers were posthumously promoted.)

BAMBERG, Germany  First Sgt. Richard Carullo was unable to hold back his emotions Monday as he remembered four of his soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Aug.31.

Heaven just gained a highly skilled fire team to defend the Pearly Gates, he said. I will never be the same after this  they will be dearly missed.

Staff Sgt. Vinson B. Adkinson III, 26, of Harper, Kan., Sgt. Raymond C. Alcaraz Jr., 20, of Redlands, Calif., Spc. Matthew E. George, 22, of Grantsboro, N.C.; and Spc. James A. Page, 23, of Titusville, Fla., died in Logar province of injuries sustained after their vehicle was attacked by a roadside bomb.

The soldiers were assigned to 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team stationed in Bamberg.

Letters from the soldiers friends were read during the ceremony.

A hometown friend and fellow soldier wrote that Adkinson had wanted to join Special Forces and was working to become an mixed martial arts fighter because he loved the sport.

One thing he sure loved, too, and I think everyone could agree, is that he loved himself, Sgt. James Triplet wrote. He truly was a great friend of mine. There wasn't a thing we didn't talk about together.

Sgt. Erick Detrick said in his letter that there were too many memories of his friend Alcaraz to fit into the time he had.

Yeah, he was short and he always posted song lyrics on his Facebook, Detrick wrote. He stared at himself in the mirror at the gym and would flex and always make you look at him and tell him how big he was.

The two had just recently started talking about what they'd do when they got out of the Army.

We made plans, he said. Now I have to make new ones. He had also just asked me to be the one to pin his rank on his chest when he got promoted. I was honored and proud when he asked me to do that, Detrick said.

Pfc. John Porter remembered the first time he met George, who he described as quietly enthusiastic.

He came up to me on a Friday in Germany and asked me if I wanted to go have a few drinks, Porter said. At the end of the night I carried him home  not because he was drunk, but because he was tired of walking. The whole time I carried him we both were laughing.

Spc. David RiveraBadillo wrote that he'd given Page several nicknames.

When I first met Page he was at [a club] in Germany, he said. He was standing there in a corner wearing the biggest T-shirt I have ever seen on such a tiny guy. So RiveraBadillo took to calling Page Vin Diesel, Triple H, The Man of Steel and The Hulk. I would always ask him what his secret was to being so big and strong and what supplements he was taking, he said. If the secret was in the bag of chips he loved to eat?

A second service in honor of the four soldiers will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Vicenza, Italy, at the Caserma Ederle chapel, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman said.

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