In memory of
Sgt. Brandon E. Adams
When Brandon E. Adams managed to speak a few words to his family, they hoped the worst had passed.
He had been badly injured Feb. 16 in Fallujah when a grenade exploded as he was clearing a house. Doctors in Baghdad were able to remove six pieces of shrapnel from his head, but they had to leave three pieces behind and remove parts of his skull.
He spent the next several months in hospitals in Germany and the United States.
"He was improving very slowly. His mind was good and all his vital signs were fine," said Melda Bricker, Adams'' grandmother. "He had started to say a few words."
Adams, 22, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., died Sept. 19 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was based at Fort Drum.
A 2000 high school graduate, Adams enlisted in the Army after graduation and served for more than two years in Alaska. Adams wrestled during high school and liked camping and hiking.
He is survived by his parents.
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