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Age:   42
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Date of Death: 1/24/2005
Incident Location: Camp Bucca, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 105th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade
Unit's Base: Asheville, N.C.

Even from thousands of miles away, Leonard W. Adams made folks laugh back home. He regularly e-mailed photographs of palaces, palm trees and even a row of about 20 portable toilets _ noting the third from the right was his favorite. "He always thought that no matter how bad a person was there was always some good in them," said Patty Lawing, a friend. "He was just somebody you'd always want to be a friend." Adams, 42, of Mooresville, N.C., died Jan. 24 after suffering a heart attack while running on a treadmill. He was stationed at Asheville. A former bodybuilder and competitive weightlifter, he owned and operated a fitness center until he sold it in 1994 and later sold trucks. He received a degree in sports management and business from Western Carolina University and had served 22 years in the military, well past the 20-year retirement mark. "I didn't want him to go. Nobody wanted him to go. He said it was time to earn the pay he'd earned all those years." said his ex-wife, Jana Adams. He also is survived by his wife, Michelle; a daughter, 14; a son, 10; and a stepdaughter, 10.
Source: Associated Press
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