|Sgt. 1st Class Brent Allen Adams, born April 29, 1965, in Lancaster, PA. Killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on
December 1, 2005 at the age of 40. He was a member of the Army National Guard, 2nd Brigade Combat
Team deployed to Iraq in June of 2005. He is survived by his wife Marilyn and a 4 year old son Daniel
living in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of William A. Adams III (wife Pamela Adams) of Millersville, PA and
Barbara E. Benard (husband John (Jack) L. Benard Jr.) of Columbia, PA.
Additional survivors include sister Melissa A. Nalevanko ( husband Steve Nalevanko) of York, PA,
step-sister Lisa Anderson (husband David Anderson) of East Petersburg, PA, step-brother John(Doug)
Benard (wife Lisa Smith) of Mashpee, MA, step-brother Brent Benard (wife Jody Ritzman) of Lebanon,
PA, and ten nieces and nephews. Brent is the Godfather to niece Alexandria Nalevanko. He is also
survived by a maternal grandmother Arlene Wimer, Lancaster, PA, and step-grandparents Dale and Pat
Martin, Hanover, PA, and numerous Aunts and Uncles in the Lancaster, PA area.
Brent was born with a head full of dark hair and plump little cheeks. He was a happy baby with a smile
that followed him into adulthood. That smile became know by his friends and fellow soldiers as the
His entire life he was forever curious and developed a love of books and a thirst for knowledge. He
was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying backpacking, hiking and camping. He loved music of all kinds from
heavy metal to big bands and symphonies. He was an avid Penn State, Pirates, and Steelers football
game watcher. He knew the bible well and was active in his church. Brent was President of his Church
Council prior to his deployment to Iraq.
Brent also enjoyed trips to the beach with his family and loved being on the water fishing or watching
the sunset. He waited a long time to marry and become a father. In 1999 he married becoming a father
in 2001 to Daniel Louis Adams. Daniel was the center of his life and completed Brent. I have never seen
him as happy as the years he spent with Daniel. He was a very devoted hands-on father, doing
everything for his son from changing diapers, to staying up with him when he was sick.
On the day that Brent was killed we found out that he volunteered for this particular mission to give his
men a break from all the work they were doing. He was assigned to the Marines for the day to help build
a new base for the Iraqi Army. On the return trip his vehicle was struck by a rocket fired by insurgents.
We were told that God was merciful in that Brent probably died instantly and did not suffer.
We have heard stories from his fellow soldiers about how he conducted himself while in Iraq...so
selflessly helping others, being a great leader to his men. His character, his sense of humor, and his
knowledge of God and the Bible and always sharing it with anyone who would listen has brought us
comfort and made us even prouder than we already were. They call him a Hero (a man admired for his
achievements and noble qualities) to his family , he already was and forever will be.
Brent, your responsibility to your men, your loyalty to the oath you took, your unwavering commitment
to duty, and your honor make you our shinning star.
All our lives have changed forever and you Brent will always hold a special place in our hearts that no
one else could ever replace. We will move forward knowing that you are now our Angel and will look
out for all of us. We will help raise your son and tell Daniel about his wonderful father, and continue the
great job you had begun. We will relive each memory we have with each story we tell him throughout
his life. God gave us this gift named Brent Adams. The gift that even his death cannot take away will be
the wonderful memories we all have of this precious baby who turned into a man that we will be proud
God will give us strength to get through this, to the point that we can once again smile at a memory of
Brent rather than tears that flow so easily now.
Missing you terribly,
YOUR LOVING FAMILY
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|SFC Brent Adams
April 29, 1965 - December 1, 2005
|Brent with Son Daniel