In memory of
Capt. James F. Adamouski
Army Capt. James Adamouski frequently reassured his mother: "I'll be safe, and I'll fly low, and I'll fly fast."
"I wanted him in tanks," said his mother, Judy Adamouski. "But he'd always tell me, 'Mom, the Black Hawk is the safest helicopter the Army has.'"
Adamouski, 29, based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., died April 2 in a helicopter crash in central Iraq.
A native of Springfield, Va., and high school class president, Adamouski was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he played soccer and was good enough to play for a professional team when he was stationed in Germany.
"Anything with a ball he loved," said Meighan Adamouski, his wife of seven months. "He drove me nuts watching sports, but he let me watch the Home and Garden Network. He was great that way."
Adamouski had just been accepted to Harvard Business School and planned to teach economics at West Point after earning a master's degree in business administration.
"What his West Point buddies told us is that Jimmy died the way they wanted to die," his father said. "He died in a blaze of glory, and he's an American hero."
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