Adair, James Lee, SPC

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Last Rank
Specialist
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2006-2007, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
2005 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Specialist



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1980
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Carthage, TX
Last Address
Carthage, TX

Casualty Date
Jun 29, 2007
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Walnut Springs Cemetery - De Berry, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Belgian Fourragere 1st Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Post 353GWOT Fallen
  2005, American Legion, Post 353 (Member) (Carthage, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2007, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  2006-2007, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/B Company
  2006-2007, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2007 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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Last Known Activity

 -- He's been fighting in Iraq for more than four months. This weekend, the family of an East Texas soldier learns their loved one will not be coming home. Private First Class James Lee Adair, 26 of Carthage was killed last week after he was hit by a road side bomb. Adair was supposed to come home in September, when he and his wife are expecting their first child.

"My mother came to my room and told me two soldiers were at my front door, and I just knew," said Adair's Wife, Chelsea Adair. "You just know." It was just two days ago Chelsea learned her husband James, or "Lee" as they called him, was not coming home.

"I always knew that there was a possibility that this could happen, but the reality, you don't think it could happen," said Chelsea. The news comes just two weeks before Chelsea and Lee would have celebrated their first anniversary, and two months before the birth of their first child, a baby girl.

"He would have been a wonderful father," said Chelsea. "He was so excited about this. He was supposed to come down in September when I'm due, and every time I talk to him he always talked about how excited he was."

"I made him call me Mom," said Adair's Mother-In-Law Andrea Nation. Nation says Lee was like her own son. Last month, Nation made a DVD filled with pictures of Chelsea and the baby and mailed it to Lee in Iraq.

"Believe it or not, he got it on Father's Day, and he called Chelsea and he goes 'I got to see the most wonderful pictures,'" said Nation. "There is just nobody that could replace him, that can take this place in our hearts, but he will be remembered." Remembered for his strength and his bravery, something Chelsea says she can't wait to tell their daughter Savory, who Lee named just before he died.

"They are doing a courageous thing," said Chelsea. "I'm so proud of my husband. I'm so proud of him." Funeral arrangements are still pending for Private First Class James Adair. The family says they do not know when the body will be transported back to the states.

   
Comments/Citation

Lee Adair, U.S. Army, Spc.

CARTHAGE - Services for James Lee Adair, U.S. Army, specialist, 26, of Carthage, will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Walnut Springs Cemetery. Spc. Adair was killed in action June 29, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Born November 16, 1980, in Cameron County, he was a member of American Legion Post No. 353 and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Chelsea Adair; daughter, Avery Lee Adair; father, Jimmy Adair; mother, Risa Adair; and sister, Amanda Townsend.

COMPANY B, 1ST BATTALION, 28TH INFANTRY, 4 BCT, FORT RILEY, KS

A letter James L. Adair wrote to his in-laws from Iraq was read at his funeral. "I want to say a special thank you for raising the most beautiful, smart and perfect wife. I''m proud for her to be my wife and the mother of my child. She completes me and makes me a better person," Adair wrote. Adair, 26, of Carthage, Texas, was killed by a roadside bomb June 29 in Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Riley. Adair''s former Scoutmaster, Robert White, said he remembered a happy young man who was well liked and played football. "If something was going on, he was in the middle of it," White said. "If he did not start it, he quickly got in on it. He just had a good spirit." Adair wrote a poem in the sixth grade that offered an insight into the young man. "Patriotism should be in our land/It starts off with the lifting of one''s hand/Justice should be in all our courts/Fairness should be for people of all sorts," it said. On July 15, 2006, Adair married Chelsea Nation. She is expecting their first child in September. "He was a real good, polite young man," said American Legion Post No. 353 vice commander Jack Wilson.

   
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