Salute to Service - SGT Roger Adams, Jr.
Army National Guard
July 12, 1972 – June 29, 2009
Represented by Dwayne Allen, Geneo Grissom, and James White
Army National Guard Sergeant Roger L. Adams of Montague, Massachusetts, was born on July 12, 1972. He graduated from Franklin Technical High School in 1990 with a concentration in carpentry and joined the Marine Corps in 1993, where he became a TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) Gunner. In 2006, he left the Marine Corps to become a firefighter at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and also joined the Army National Guard.
He loved to swim, enjoyed listening to the Charlie Daniels Band and knew all of the words to "Ice, Ice, Baby." Roger would sing cadence to his babies while changing their diapers and his mouth mimicked theirs when he fed them strained peas. He loved Spam, cheeseburgers, Zero bars and was a proud supporter of all Boston sports teams. Massachusetts was in his blood through and through.
Sergeant Adams was killed in action during a deployment to Iraq on June 29, 2009, and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.