July 31, 2006
It's been just over one week since Army Combat Medic Adam Fargo was killed in Iraq. He was laid to rest at Culpeper National Cemetery on Monday.
Cpl. Fargo was the first Ruckersville man to be killed in combat since the Vietnam war over 30 years ago, and the only proper way to bury a soldier that paid the ultimate sacrifice is with full military honors.
A 21-gun salute was the only sound that pierced through the silence at Culpeper National Cemetery as United States Army combat medic Adam Fargo was laid to rest. The Ruckersville native was killed over a week ago while stationed in Iraq and today family and friends paid their final respects.
"He definitely died with honor and dignity but he also got buried with that," close friend Matt Bouton said.
At such a difficult time, Chief Officer Eck said comforting and including the family is key.
"The family was in a procession and upon arrival here there was a chaplain who performed a ceremony. Then there was an issuing of the awards that he has earned since returning from Iraq," Eck explained.
Included in those medals was the Bronze Star as well as the prestigious Purple Heart that's awarded to any soldier wounded or killed during the line of duty. Friends of Adam say the pride at a time like this is almost overwhelming.
"I hope that one day I can do something half that good [and] do something that means that much to me and hopefully will mean that much to everybody else as much as what he did meant for us," high school classmate Bill Barefoot said.
Since this was only the second person buried at Culpeper National Cemetery since the war in Iraq began, this was a new experience for many, and one that left an impression.
"I don't think we fully understood what he did and what he went through as a soldier until all of this happened," Barefoot continued.
One special guest, Adam's girlfriend who is also in the military and currently stationed in Iraq, was flown in today to be a part of the ceremony.
Each member of the family received a Gold Star lapel pin and is now a part of the Gold Star Organization that's been around since WWI.