Army Capt. James F. Adamouski

Army Capt. James F. Adamouski

Died April 02, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of Springfield, Va.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; killed in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in central Iraq.

Capt. James Adamouski, 29, of Springfield, Va., had flown more than a thousand hours in Black Hawks. When his mother would fret about the danger Adamouski would promise to fly low and fast. He was not piloting the day he died. A star soccer player at West Point, Adamouski played semipro soccer when stationed in Germany. He had big plans: He had just been accepted at the Harvard Business School and he hoped to teach economics at West Point. He married just seven months ago. In his last message home — to his wife, Meighan, on March 30 — Adamouski wrote of his eagerness to be home, fears about the war and his confidence in his men. “The conventional Iraqi Army forces are no match,” he wrote. “However, the crazy Iraqi with a bomb strapped to his chest or a shoulder-fired missile is what scares me the most.”

USA Today

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