War In Iraq Claims The Life of One Local Soldier

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

July 23, 2006

It's estimated that the war has claimed over 2,500 lives so far and now it's effects are being felt close to home. A roadside bomb took the life of one Ruckersville man stationed in Baghdad and now his family is left only with grief and fond memories of a son and brother.

"It was a yearning, you know like beyond adventurous. He was always talking about going places and doing things," Doug Fargo remembered.

Friends and family remembered 22-year old Adam Fargo Sunday as they gathered at the family's home.

A combat medic in the United States Army, Adam was killed early Saturday morning when his convoy struck an improvised explosive device. Just four months shy of returning home, Adam had already begun to make plans for when his military days were over.

"The one thing he always talked about though was getting some more education. He said as soon as he got back to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky he wanted to take some more classes and probably get his nursing degree," his father continued.

Adam quickly moved up the ranks of the military and in May was awarded the Combat Medical Badge for going "above and beyond the call of duty." However for younger sister Sarah, he was just big brother still in need of sisterly advice at times.

"I came home from being out, going to dinner or something, and he was sitting on the porch with a 6-pack of beer and the phone in his hand waiting for her to call and I sat with him for about an hour, that was about the last memory I have," Sarah said.

Coming from a large military family, Adam understood the risk and sacrifice of war but remained unaffected as he continued to fight for his country.

"He liked his job, he just didn't like not knowing if something was going to blow up or not. But he was good at it," his sister added.

And his family's only hope is that he be remembered for his cause as he made the ultimate sacrifice.

"He knew for sure that there's a lot more to freedom than just the word, I think he wanted everybody to know that," his dad said.

The family said they are hoping to hold a memorial service for him this Saturday in Ruckersville to accommodate all his friends and nearby relatives and later plan on giving him a full military service before laying him to rest in a national cemetery.

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