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Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, line up during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan on Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. Adan was found dead in his room on Monday, making it the third death the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team has suffered this year.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, line up during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan on Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. Adan was found dead in his room on Monday, making it the third death the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team has suffered this year. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, line up during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan on Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. Adan was found dead in his room on Monday, making it the third death the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team has suffered this year.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, line up during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan on Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. Adan was found dead in his room on Monday, making it the third death the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team has suffered this year. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Lt. Col. Thomas Isom, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment commander, lays a coin at the front of the boots, rifle and helmet display during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan, Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea.
Lt. Col. Thomas Isom, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment commander, lays a coin at the front of the boots, rifle and helmet display during a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan, Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
A boots, rifle and helmet display stands as the centerpiece of a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan, who was found dead in his barracks room Monday. The memorial service was held Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea.
A boots, rifle and helmet display stands as the centerpiece of a memorial service for Pfc. Christopher Adan, who was found dead in his barracks room Monday. The memorial service was held Friday at Camp Casey, South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

Pacific edition, Sunday, December 23, 2007

CAMP CASEY, South Korea — For the third time this year, soldiers from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team heard the “Last Roll Call.”

Some of the 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment soldiers gathered at a small gym in Camp Casey’s Dragon Valley fought back tears. Others let them flow freely as they paid their last respects to Pfc. Christopher Adan, who was found dead in his room Monday.

Soldiers who found him and medical personnel tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Battalion commander Lt. Col. Thomas Isom spoke highly of the 20-year-old cavalry scout during a brief eulogy at the beginning of the ceremony.

“In a time of conflict when the vast majority of his peers couldn’t even qualify to serve, he chose to serve out front — as a scout,” Isom said. “He knew the risks, but volunteered, and he excelled. He was a hero.”

Isom went on to describe Adan’s accomplishments during his four months with the battalion. He said Adan had excelled as a scout and stood apart from his peers during unit training events.

“He was a sneaky scout who could infiltrate the best security and tell me what the enemy was eating for dinner,” Isom said.

Adan’s company commander, Capt. Jason Buursma, suggested that the soldiers of the brigade look to the holiday season for inspiration in recovering from the tragedy. “Maybe this very season holds the hope that we need at this time,” he said.

Two of Adan’s friends, Pfc. Nathan England and Sgt. Marquis Henderson, who attempted to revive Adan after discovering his body, also spoke briefly.

The ceremony ended with the traditional firing of volleys and playing of taps. Soldiers then lined up to say individual farewells and salute the rifle, boots, dog tags and helmet placed at the front of the gym in Adan’s honor.

This was the third death in the brigade this year. Staff Sgt. Ricky Fox, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, was found dead in his barracks room on Aug. 10. On May 5, Spc. Vang B. Her, also 302nd BSB, was hit and killed by a taxi.

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