Soldier Memorial

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

July 29, 2006

Saturday morning residents of Ruckersville gathered at William Monroe High School to pay tribute a fallen hero. Adam Fargo was stationed in Iraq when he was killed last week in the line of duty, and community members took part in a memorial celebration remembering one of their own.

Fargo was killed Saturday, August 22 in a roadside bomb. On Saturday, what was expected to be a somber, grief-filled morning, turned out to be a celebration of his life and all of his accomplishments, as well as his ultimate sacrifice.

Comedian, talkative, loyal. Those are just a few of the words that continually arose as family, childhood friends, and community members gathered to pay tribute to 22-year-old Adam Fargo. Known as "Argo" to high school friends and simply as "Doc" to fellow soldiers, Adam was warmly remembered by those who knew him best, and they say there was much more to him than the constant comic.

"You could tell him anything and he was always there to listen, which not a lot of people said but was just as important. You just can't say enough about him, we would have been here all day talking about him," close friend Billy Barefoot.

In honor of the fallen soldier, the new athletic complex at William Monroe will be named after him and a memorial scholarship was set up to be given to one studious athlete that shares Adam's love of soccer.

"He would be proud to be making a difference for somebody who's about to go to college and maybe worrying about the money. It would honor him and he would be serious about that and then he would crack a joke," Athletic Foundation Chairman Roddy Kibler explained.

United States Army Captain Andrew Yoder worked side by side with Adam for 8 months in Iraq and made a surprise visit to Ruckersville on Saturday, one he says casts a whole new light on the death of a soldier.

"When we're in Iraq and somebody passes away, you always wonder, what is his family doing, what is the town doing? And now I get to see the other perspective," said Capt. Yoder.

The Adam Fargo Field House complex will be funded through donations alone and members of the athletic foundation hope to be inside the new facility within six months. On Monday Adam will be laid to rest at Culpeper National Cemetery where he will receive a full military ceremony.

If you would like to make a donation to the Adam Fargo Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Adam Fargo Athletic Field House, send your contribution to:
William Monroe High School
254 Monroe Dr.
Standardsville, VA 22973

Or you may send your condolences to:
Doug, Libby, Sarah, and Jason Fargo
878 Cedar Grove Rd.
Ruckersville, VA 22978

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