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November 11, 2012
Thank you Adam.
May 28, 2012
I remember that day in Kirkuk, standing at attention at this ramp ceremony, when all three Navy EOD heroes flag draped coffins were loaded onto that C130. The whole base turned out, Army, Navy, Air Force. It was the most difficult day of my life. It's hard to stand at attention, saluting, when you are a 49 year old grizzled sergeant, and you can't reach and wipe the tear that streamed down your face. The only comfort was that I was not alone. I have moved on in my life, and tried to put this all behind me, but Memorial Day is tough. There will be no backyard barbecue, no Memorial Day sales, no traveling with the family. Just this day of remembering the heroes we lost.

My heart goes out to the family.

TSgt Robert B. Sherbourne
April 06, 2012
Rest in peace Adam, you are not forgotten. Your mom, and all your loved ones are in our prayers today.
November 19, 2011
While we do not write during most of the year....we seem to have forgotten...I want you to know that we check in on your guestbook to see who posted.
Your picture is still on our desk....your family still in our prayers. We have not forgotten..
November 16, 2011

Since the Revolutionary War, soldiers have dedicated their lives to protecting and maintaining the pride in the U.S., and they are very important to us. We must remember that, although many soldiers did not make it through war, they are veterans, nonetheless. They deserve to be honored as much as anyone who survived.

I know of a young man from Valdosta, Georgia , Joseph "Adam" McSween, who lost his life fighting in Hawijah, Iraq and he is remembered and missed. He and all others who served in the United States military deserve recognition for their commitment to their country. There is not enough stone in the world to commemorate their sacrifices; not enough emotion in the world to feel what they felt, as many of them saw their human brethren give the ultimate sacrifice - their lives....
November 12, 2011
I cried when you passed away. I still cry today . Although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the best.
R.I.P. my son, I love you and miss you on a daily basis!
R.I.P. Adam, Love you and Miss you and thanks for your service!
R.I.P. My Hero, I love you and miss you every day! God Bless you and Thank you for your service!
In my heart forever,
November 06, 2011


To the living, I am gone. To the sorrowful, I will never return. To the angry, they were cheated. But to the joyful, I am at peace. And, to the faithful, I never left. I cannot speak, but I can listen. I cannot be seen, but I can be heard. So, as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea ... REMEMBER ME.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest
And its grand majesty .... REMEMBER ME.
As you look upon a flower and
Admire its simplicity ...
REMEMBER ME in your heart, your thoughts, remember the close, loving times we shared; the times we cried; the times we quarreled; the times we laughed.
For in these times that you gently remember me, I am not gone.
November 06, 2011
I didn't know a heart that was broken into a million pieces could still keep someone alive. We're all still here, doing the best we can under the most extreme circumstances imaginable. We covet your prayers." words of a friend, however, they are words in the hearts of all Gold Star Family Members~~~Adam, my sweet, sweet Adam, you are always in my heart. ?
August 23, 2011
"The moment that you died my heart was split in two, the one side filled with memories the other died with you. I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheek. Remembering you is easy I do it everyday, but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly in my heart and there you will remain. Life has gone on without you but will never be the same. Missing you with my whole being. I love you my Son!"
~Unknown Author~~
May 31, 2011
What a hero you are to so many! I'm proud to say I knew you when you were a wonderful example to so many other teenagers. You were an exception to the "teenager" rule.....You were always kind, compassionate, and caring...extremely wise for your age.
May 31, 2011
My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class J Adam McSwen. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace.
May 31, 2011
My Dearest Adam,
Let me walk beside you one more time in sunlight or in rain,
Let me share your joy
And your pain one more time.
But I know you are walking by my side
And I know you do share my joy
And my pain,
Because your Spirit is always with me
my son.
Forever in My Life,
May 29, 2011
We honor Petty Officer 1st Class J. Adam McSween for his heroic sacrifice of life to maintain our Freedom. For his family & friends, we continue to pray for your strength.
May 24, 2011
Adam, you are now an angel in the army of God. Watch over your family here on earth until they can rejoin you at the Golden Gate. Bless you, and thank you for your service. Freedom isn't Free, and you paid the price.
May 24, 2011
Thank you Adam for my freedom! RIP in Heaven!
May 24, 2011
Blessings Florence. Thanks foryour sacrifice. It's very much apprectiated. Bless you.
May 24, 2011
thinking of you and all of our brave warriors that have served and are so deeply missed...we Moms do miss our babies more with each passing day, to you and your family always..xox
May 24, 2011
As I sit here safe in Heaven and watch you every day

I try and let you know with signs I never went away

I hear you when you're laughing and watch you when you sleep

I even place my arms around you to calm you when you weep.

I see you wish the days away as you beg to have me home,

So I try to send you messages so you know you're not alone.

Don't feel guilty that you have a life that was denied to me

Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see. Please live your

life and laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free. Then know with every

breath you take you're taking one for me.

~Unknown Author

Psalm 116:15 God delights in the death of His saints.

I am thankful that your mother raised you to be the hero you are and more importantly to be the saint that you are. May we meet some great day.
May 24, 2011
Adam will always be loved and never forgotten Florence. Forever grateful for our heroes and their sacrifice.

Renee Wood-Vincent
Momma of Sgt Ryan Wood
KIA 6-21-07
My Hero, My Joy, My Son
May 24, 2011
Blessings to you and your family Florence...To a brave sailor who gave all!
May 24, 2011
A blessing is a gift so full of grace
Welcomed with love no matter the place
Thank you my beloved son for all you were and all you are
My treasure, my love,
A Heavenly Star~~
Mom misses you more with each passing day.
May 24, 2011
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE! You would be so very proud of your MOM! She works daily to keep your memory and the memory of ALL our Hero's alive!
May 14, 2011
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class J. Adam McSween:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
May 10, 2011
Nothing can ever bring you back but your sacrifice will never be forgotten. EVER! I'll make sure my children know there are heroes some here, some gone, but all came and made the world a better place for them. You will always be missed.
May 10, 2011
My Heart goes out to you Ms Florence... And My condolences for your loss and gratitude for your Sons service to our country. He Will Always Be A Hero....
May 04, 2011
Remembered and NOT forgotten. {{NMHUGS}}
Amy Armstrong
mom of LSSN DelVecchio, Ryan
May 03, 2011
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May 03, 2011
Florence, Adam and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thinking of you and your family always.

Renee Wood-Vincent
Momma of Sgt Ryan Wood
Heaven sent 7-11-84
Heaven bound 6-21-07
My Hero, My Joy, My Son
May 03, 2011
My eternal gratitude for your ultimate sacrafice. May their pride and beautiful memories of you help to fill some of the hole left in the hearts of all who knew and loved you. Rest in peace Hero.
May 03, 2011
Thank you Adam for your service to our country and for our FREEDOMS. I know that you continue to watch over all of us from heaven especially your Mom and your family. You are never forgotten Adam ~ rest in peace and God bless you.
May 03, 2011
Thank you Adam! I won't forget! Love Paula Norris
May 03, 2011
I want to thank all of you that sign Adam's guest book, words can not express what it means to me for so many to carry on the memory of my son. Thank you so very much for helping me to never let him be FORGOTTEN~~God bless and keep you all.
Adam's Mom
May 01, 2011
The price that you and your family have paid for the United States will never be forgotten. On that fateful day four years ago, I had the respectful duty to be a pallbearer in Kirkuk for your ramp ceremony. I have carried your name with me every day since. Today we pause for a moment and reflect.
April 11, 2011
Thank you Adam for what you did for me and mine.

April 06, 2011
April 06, 2011
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class J. Adam McSween:
Please accept our remembrance of Adam on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Ginger Mankowski/Peggy Childers
April 06, 2011
4 years has past but you are with us always. Rest in Peace my Wolfhound with Gills. You will always be our 3 Navy Wolfhounds. Continue to watch over us and protect us. NO FEAR ALWAYS!
February 05, 2011
We have you and your family in our prayers Sir. We will never forget RIP
December 04, 2010
Another Christmas is upon us and we miss you so very much. Missing you laughter, your grin and just how much you, yourself loved Christmas. I miss seeing you be the frist one up on Christmas morn and wearing Santa's hat to hand out all the gifts to everyone. And son I miss so very much never getting to see you at Christmas with your girls, I know you were a great father because of your pure heart for love, your love of God and your love of family as well as for all mankind. Thank you for being who you were and giving all you had to give to all. A Very Merry Christmas Son and you are forever in my heart. Your loving mom forever and I am looking forward to that day we will be together again...
December 03, 2010
Dear McSween Family,

We are so greatful for the service,bravery,courage and dedication of Adam McSween. Gratitude and Praise cannot be said enough for this brave solidier. We are praying for your family during the Christmas Season and always will remember to be grateful for the honor and dedication shown by Adam to our Country.
July 31, 2010
What a sacrifice you made for our nation. You are a warrior angel looking down on other sailors and soldiers. For this I thank you with our son serving overseas. Your Mother I just spent the day with along with many other Navy4Moms GA Chapter luncheon. What an angel on earth she is and how she spoke of you and share with new USN Moms and Dads was so giving of her. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sailor.
July 20, 2010
June 07, 2010
As of Memorial Day Week-End 2010 A Trophy name in EOD1 Joseph Adam McSween has been estabished to honor of Fallen EOD Heroes. Every year an EODMU Fallen Hero will be honor by having his or her name added to Adam's trophy to be won at the Remembering The Brave Shooting Match to be held at the Quantico Marine Base every year on the Memorial Day Week-End. The shooting match is open to all, and it would be great if EOD personell would enter to match and try to win this trophy in your conrades honor. To find out more informaton please go to the Remembering the This trophy is for all EOD Fallen Heroes, Please help get the news out and let ous know whoes name should added on for next year. These are you brothers and sister, keep their names alive forever! If you have a sugguestion of who we should honor next year please get in touch with me, Florence McSween, Adam's Mom.
June 06, 2010
Adam, Thank you for what you have given so that we can live in freedom.Your mom is one of my dearest friends. To see her give support when and where it is needed has been a blessing in your honor. I greatly Salute you and I know that you are a Guardian Angle for us all.
June 06, 2010
It still seems so very strange that you are gone. High school seems like it was ages ago and yet I can still see your wonderful smile and remember your very gentle spirit. Thank you so much for serving our country and giving your life for your friends. There is truly no higher honor than this. Rest in Peace my are not forgotten. We love you and miss you...
June 06, 2010
Adam, Thank you for your service to this great country. Our family met your mother at the 2009 Remembering the Brave Ceremony in which you were honored. You will never be forgotten.
June 06, 2010
Dear Adam,
I never met you but I know your amazing and loving Mother through Remembering The Brave. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your bravery, courage and service.
June 06, 2010
Just a few words of Thanks and Praise for your Honorable and unselfish service to this Country. This United States Marine Corps Veteran has lost another Brother. RIP, Never forgotten! Semper Fi
June 06, 2010
RIP Adam, you are loved and missed so much. God Bless you and watch over us all!
June 06, 2010
Another Hero, God Bless Take Care of you my friend, May you find peace with others who are with you. Thank You for serving to keep me free.
June 06, 2010
i did not know you but feel i do through your amazing mother, thank you. you are truly missed xx
May 20, 2010
Life is hard. We face pain every day. But, God can bring something good out of even the worst situation. However, it may not be the kind of good we're looking for. Our goal is happiness. His goal is to build a strong character and firm godly faith in us. Those things don't usually come from happiness but from the gold that's been refined in the furnace of pain. It may take a long time to see the good, but it will eventually come.

"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." ROMANS 8:28
May 19, 2010
thank you for your service you will never be forgotten
May 19, 2010
I didn't know you but I would like to Thank You for your service, you will be missed and loved by all.
May 19, 2010
My love for you in endless,, my heart aches each day.. May you rest easy now You are in my heart now and always... love mom
Thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart ?

"Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you." ISAIAH43:5
May 18, 2010
My dearest Adam, What a blessing you have been to our family. You were the youngest and the last and oh how we made every moment count playing and watching you grow. You always had a soft heart and you could feel everyone's pain. You are a ture blessing from God and I am so thankful for God placing you in my care for what seems to have been a short time. I'm so proud and pleased you have chosen the Lord's work for you career. You have so much love to give and I know you will always remember God blessed you with that love. So wherever you decide to go to college be steadfast in the path of rightness.
Thank you for all your love, and thank you for being a light for the Lord.
In Christ's love and our hearts forever,
Mom, Robert, Kyle, and Angela
I wrote the letter above to Adam when he graduated high school in 1998.
May 08, 2010
Another Mother's Day to spend without a hug or kiss from you and I will shed tears and laughters as the memories of you flow through my mind. Yet I know there will be a very happy Mother's Day when you and I are reunited in Heaven. You are my Sunshine and you make me happy when skys are gray. My son, my baby boy, MY NAVY MAN, My Hero!
May 08, 2010
From one Military Mom to another: A military Mom is one who is willing to sacrifice time away from their precious children for the freedom of others, one who knows what it is like to sit by the phone and mail box day after day waiting for word from their child. One who spends countless hours in prayer not only for the.........i............r child,but for the safety of all our troops, one who knows too much about goodbyes and never takes one second with their child for granted,one who reaches out to support other Moms who are going through the same thing. God Bless you, Thank you for your sacrifice and that of your sailor/soldier. Happy Mother's Day!
April 07, 2010
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class J. Adam McSween:
Remembering Adam on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
February 13, 2010
Our bodies are gardens, to which our wills are gardeners. You may give plants all they need of food and drink and make the conditions of their existence as favorble as possible, and they may grow and bloom, but there is a certain ineffable something that will be missing if you do not love them. Adam, I have loved you from the moment I learned you were growing within me and you will always remain in my heart forever, my son, my baby boy, my Navy Man. Happy Valtine's Day, Mom
February 11, 2010
I do not peronsally know Adam but I am a student at NACSCOLEOD and his memories and photos are posted in his remembrance through the halls. I feel for his family and the loved ones he left behind as I do every tech and military member. All in all, no one deserves to wear the EOD badge more than the ones who gave their lives in this line of duty. They do this dangerous occupation for the safety of others and for that I would like to thank all that survive him for standing behind him in this occupation and himself. Thankyou.

SN Curzon,Daniel J USN
November 26, 2009
Adam thank you for you service to our country. I am so sorry you had to leave your wonderful Mother so soon. My SAILOR is EOD MU, please look down upon him! Happy Thanksgiving Florence.

November 26, 2009
Another Holiday comes and will go missing you my dearest Adam. I give thanks today for having been blessed to have you in my life and thanks for all my memories of your life. Your light is always shining through out the land. Happy Thankgiving my baby boy, my Navy Man. Loved and Remembered Forever, Mom
August 11, 2009
August 11th is a very special day because that is the day you were born and God gave me a great blessing by allowing me to be your mother. Happy Birthday my baby boy, my Navy Man. I know you are happy and watching over all of us until we come and join you in our Father's house. I believe your spirit is always with me and it is what gets me though each day. Yes today was your 29th birthday and I love you so very much my baby boy, my Navy Man.
August 11, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009
May 25, 2009
EOD...not forgotten.
May 22, 2009
My dearest Adam,
This is the third memorial day week-end since you left this earthly home for a heavenly home with our Father and His Son. I miss you so very much. There are days I sit and cry for all the time we missed being together when we could and should have spent together, however, I know it is in the past and maybe some day I will get past it. I try to focus on us being reunited some sweet day in heaven and all my tears will be dried by the Father's Hand. I love you now and forever.
Your Mom
May 08, 2009
My dearest Adam, I was able to go to the EOD Annual Memorial Service and Ball. I am so glad I got to go, Mary Jo and Norman took me down and we stayed with Mary Jo's parents and they all made sure I had a good time. I only wish I could have gone to the memorial honoring you. I did get to touch your name. I got to meet other Gold Star Mothers and I gave a pin to the only Navy Mom whoses son was honored this time. When we hugged she said to me it was the first time since she got the new of the death of her only child she felt him hugging her. It did my heart good to hear her say those words. I hope I may be able to go back each year and be there for other mothers. In giving them strength I gain strength, I will never quit, never yeil, and stand fast! However, there is a large deep hold in my heart for you. Your loving mother
May 04, 2009
Adam I miss you bud. I still get broken up man when I think about you. It seems like only yesterday we were in school together.
April 07, 2009
My dearest son, my thoughts were of you all day yesterday with it being the second anniversary of your death. Yet it seems hard and new to me every day. Today I received a vase of beautiful white and blue flowers from the Warriors Of EODMU 11 in honor of all you gave. I thank them ever so much to remember me in such a thoughtful way. I love you ever so very much. Your loving Mom
April 06, 2009
Thinking about you guys today and always ..May Dustin and Adam always be remembered as the heroes they were. May we always picture them standing together with their companions in the Hall of Heroes in Heaven :)
April 06, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class J. Adam McSween:
Adam gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
February 22, 2009
Steel Anchor created a video In Honor of Adam McSween
America Lost a Hero 04-06-07

Please visit at us at to view a video of his life. The video was created in part with myibio for his mother and our dear friend Florence McSween.

Please watch and remember this video and life of Adam McSween. Adam was a proud member of the E.O.D. Mobil Unit 11 station at Oak Harbor, Washington. Adam was a proud Sailor, a proud American, and a Man of God. He freely shared those beliefs with his fellow Sailors and all who knew him. He freely gave his life in protecting all of us.

We at Steel Anchor wish to Honor this man, this father, this brother, this son. No words can ease the pain of such a loss. While Adam is no longer with us in body, his spirit forever calls to us; Never Quit! Never Yield! Stand Fast!

Adam you are sorely missed. You are Greatly Appreciated! We will forever Honor your sacrifice and strength. Until such time as the Good Lord decides for all of us, it is time to rest; we all have a job to do. We must never forget those who gave so much for us. A simple prayer or act of random kindness to any Sailor, Marine, Soldier or Airman will do. Should you have more you wish to give, please share that gift. There are those like Adam who gave so much more.

Ordy, BigViper, Hedgehog & Walrus
Steel Anchor
February 17, 2009
dear Adam,
We never got to meet in person. We never shared our stories and what we hoped to do with our lives. I probably wouldn't even have known who you were if it weren't for my Chief. I'm here at Dive school. 3 weeks from starting my training to follow in yours and so many others grand footsteps. the story listed here really hit home for me. i come from a town much the one described. all i can think about is how you had to leave all those people to do your duty for your country. thank you. if you can, my cousin is currently in Iraq, out of your very own MU11. please watch after him and keep all our guys safe.
thank you for all that you did for us.
January 31, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,300 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at or go to If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
January 27, 2009
When you are sad....I will dry your tears.
When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.
When you are worried.....I will give you hope.
When you are confused.....I will help you cope.
And when you are lost .... And can't see the light, I shall be your beacon....Shining ever so bright.
This is my oath... I pledge till the end.
Why you may ask?....
Because you're my friend.
Signed: GOD

I thought this is so beautiful and so true. And with Him all things are possible to Him be the glory.
January 20, 2009
Dearest Adam,
I have met your Mom thru Navy Mom's. She misses you so much. I pray for her and your family every day. May you rest in Peace. I have enjoyed sharing stories that only EOD Moms can.. I will always be there for her as I know in your heart you would too.
Mary Helen Bartch
January 07, 2009
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

January 07, 2009
...For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.
January 07, 2009
Remember Me.

I am a soldier,
A guardian of freedom,
A believer in my faith,
A warrior for righteousness,
A member of the strength of our nation.

I am a soldier,
A protector of those who cannot defend themselves,
A link in the chain of security,
A soul dedicated to good and equality,
A man ready to serve and protect.

I am a soldier,
My blood is neither red nor blue,
My allegiance to America is pure,
My fight is for my country,
My reward is simple and self-attained.

I am a soldier,
I feel no pain.
I lived for my brothers,
I died for my country.
I did this all, freely, for this is who and what I am.

I am a soldier,
Grieve not for me,
But honor and remember me.
For I lived my life for each of you.
I gave my life for my beliefs,
And I have no regrets.

I am a soldier.
I now lay down with my brethren.
I made the sacrifice, same as them.
I am satisfied that I gave my all,
For I am a soldier.

God accept me with open arms,
For I am a pure and simple man.
I loved my family and my country,
And I served them both very well,
For I can only do what I was meant to do.
For I am a soldier.
January 05, 2009
Brings a tear to my eye………..Mom.

My job was to protect the innocent from those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrificed my life as well as any of my EOD brothers have and will. However, there will always others that will take our place to continue to carry out EOD's mission. To cast off and set sail or to fly cross the seas. On the seas or in the sands all sailors are part of something bigger than what we can understand. To help those in need it is what we do. Although we may be the strong the tuff and the mighty EOD Units in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In those final moments I realized everything I had done and sacrificed in those last 7 years all amount to something now. It finally means something. It is reassuring to know that I was not there in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait until we all are reunited in heaven. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and seas. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to you all joining me. Know that I'm watching over of you now and never forget me or feel I'm gone, because I'm as close to you as the beat of your heart. I love all of you and know as long as you keep your sight on Christ all will be well with you.
August 13, 2008
My beloved son the 11th was your birthday and it was a very hard day for me. I miss you every moment of every day, however, on your birthday and all other holidays it is so very hard.

Just wish I had not lost those last 6 years of your life. I ask myself the question every day. So I have to just wait for the day I join you; until then I continue to pray and try my best to live a Godly life so I will be able to join you with the Father, Son, and ,the Holy Sprit.
My Father in Heven is in Control.
I will always love you and you will always be my baby even though you grew to do a great man's job. From the day you were born I knew you were very special now the whole world knows.
Love Mom
August 03, 2008
Hey brotha, it only seems like yesterday you were on board MTV and running around with flippers on your back to the pool, aspiring to be what you have become...a great man. Fair winds and following seas...
July 23, 2008
Dear Adam,
I received this beautiful song from Debra Estep today and I just had to write it in you guest book for all to see. The song is The Other Side; Credits: Don Conoscenti: all instruments, lead vocal, high vocal at end
Ellis Paul: harmony vocals

The Other Side

I'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
Left my skin and bones behind
now I'm over on the other side.

Can you feel me there with you?
My breath is gone but I'm not through.
Loved you then and I still do
from over on the other side.

I can fly. Really fly.
Below the earth...all throught the sky.
Tell em all I did not die.
I'm just over on the other side.

It's good here on the other side.
The sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
Thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

I can fly. Really fly. Below the earth...all through the sky.
Tell em all I did not die.
I'm just over on the otherr side.

The world is smaller than a needle's eye.
Where life and death softly divide.
When you leave your skin and bones behind
I'll be waiting on the other side.

I can fly. Really fly. Below the earth... all through the sky.
Go tell em all I did not die.
I'm justover on the side.

Mom loves you so very much.
July 20, 2008
My Dear Family

I am writing a special letter just to you.
I want to tell you not cry,
I've made it safely through.
Plese know that I am happy sitting
Here by Jesus' Knee
Wher all the host of heaven sing and worship God with me.
It's so beautiful in heaven
And so peaceful here I know
That even if I could come back,
I wouldn't want to go.
The river flowing from God's throne
Is crystal clear and clean.
Ihave a mansion all my own;
I'm filled with joy and praise.
I listen to sweet music
And my voice in anthems raise.
My vision's twenty-twehty
And my ears hear every sound;
I see feet that once were crippled
Now walk firmly on the ground.
The old are young and lively;
There's no tears to fill my eyes.
All the glories God has promised have come
True beyond the skies.

Unknown Arthur

I love and miss you so very much,
and a friend gave me the poem written above so I just has to put it in your guest book.
Remebering you always,
July 12, 2008
I know you are gone, however, every direction I look I see your face. Adam, I miss you so very much my heart acks for you. Some days I find myself thinking you are still going to come home to me. Then I tell myself it is I who has to go home to God's House in order to be with you some sweet day. When that day comes and we meet up there we will have so much to talk about so I will continue to take one day at a time.
Love, Mom
July 04, 2008
Today is July 4th. Americans are celebrating with their families. Many of us are remembering our heroes today...I just want to say Thank You, PO1 McSween. I still remember.
June 22, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Petty Officer 1st Class McSween!
April 06, 2008
To the family and friends of Adam.
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers today.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Adam, but he is my hero.
Please contact me and I will email you back
a copy of the Angel drawing I have posted

xo xo
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL
Remembering The Fallen – Blog
March 26, 2008
Mom is coming to see your head stone. I plan to be there by April 6th my dear son.
I think all the time about the time we had together from birth until you got married. What is so hard is try to accett the years I lost, however I know we will be together in heaven and you can fill me in on those yeas we were apart.

I have put my house up for sell to go back to Valdosta where it feels more like home to me and where there are more memoeries of you.
I love you ever os much as well as Erin and the girls and Adam I pray every day we can be a family some day.
Your mother that thinks of you every moment of every day my beloved son..
February 27, 2008
I attended PO1 McSween's memorial services as a member of Patriot Guard Riders. My thoughts of that day include the 6-hour ride to get up into central Nebraska, the Navy Admiral who spoke to all of us from the back of a pickup truck, and the beauty of PO1 McSween's gravesite surrounded by American flags.
February 21, 2008
Adam,I still think about you every day. I wish you were here to be with Erin and the girls, she is doing a great job with them. We loved you and miss you so much.
"Mom" Hammitt
November 07, 2007
We are the parents of Joseph Grupe EOD1 who was actively serving with
these 3 "brothers" BILLITER, HALL, & MCSWEEN", although we never physically met, we know them through Joe, and they will remain in our thoughts always. Jim & Marie Grupe
September 23, 2007
I was honored to have served with Adam for a brief time in Iraq. During that time he showed the dedication and heroism that make our nation great. Adam you will be missed by all in the EOD community.
September 02, 2007
Dear Adam,
Angela had a baby boy last week and they name him Jack Adam Steed. I am so happy that Jack will be able to keep you name alive.
Son, I'm sick agin and have been in the hospital for three weeks or so. But I had your picture with me inorder to look at it continuely. Ilove you so very much and I am doing my best to hang on some control with my emotions,however there are day I just have so control over my feelings at all.
I a few week I must have surgery with a 50% change of living through it. I am not afaid; I look at it this way , if God wants me to come home then that will be great,howevere if he says He still needs me on this earth then this is what I must do.
It would be a great thing however to get to see you in a very short time.
My God is in Control,
August 22, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 14, 2007
Florence, I teach at Allgood and have seen you visit several times. I have also seen you at the Benschoter's home on several occasions. My prayers go out to you in your time of grief...know that your son was a wonderful person, committed to serving his country and willing to die for it. God prepared a special place just for him...
August 13, 2007
I am so glad you sent this e-mail to me. I'm so sorry that I didn't know about Adam. Since we moved and are no longer at BH, I don't hear about things, but fortunately, I am on your e-mail list. You may or may not remember, but I lost a son on 2/28/2002, not in the service, but nonetheless, losing him was a tremendous loss. My heart goes out to you. I can say that in time, it will get easier to bear, but you will ALWAYS think about him and MISS him terribly!
August 12, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Petty Officer 1st Class McSween and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 12, 2007
My thoughts are with you.
August 12, 2007
To Florence;
I know yesterday was a tough day. But then, I suppose everyday since April 6 has been tough....just a matter of degrees.
I have attached a picture of my family. My wife is Tina, my little 3 year old tornado is Remington.
When I consider that I have my days with my little guy because Adam gave away all of his days with his girls.....I am left quite fully stunned! It is an act of selfless love that is very difficult to really get my arms around! I'm not sure I was worth it, not really sure any of us are worth it, but Adam thought we were, and at the end of the day, that is what is important and significant. Adam made the conscience, free will decision to strap it on and stand up on the wall and shout NOT ON MY WATCH!!!
What an absolutely magnificent Warrior of undaunted courage and unshakable resolve!
I have visited the memorials in Washington, DC.....WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the Nany Memorial, The Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson....I have walked among the heroes resting in the hills of Arlington, seen the guards and their precision execution of honor at the Tomb of the Unknowns.....I've ridden the launch out to the ARIZONA in Pearl Harbor and looked down and watched the oil bubble up from the hulk of the great battleship and considered the 1000 souls resting there. Adam joins a long, long line of dedicated and selfless Patriots who answered in the affirmative, with resounding clarity and uncommon conviction: "If not now, when? If not me, who?" So long as our Republic stands, so long as our memorials to our heroes remain, so long as free men and women in this blessed country yearn for and seek freedom and liberty, Adam will live on in our collective memories. He is the messenger of the divine whisper...FREEDOM...ISN'T...FREE!!!
THANK YOU, Adam. For my Freedom....for my Son's freedom. THANK YOU Florence, for raising up such a man as Adam became. I know that your heart hurts in ways that I can't even begin to understand, and that it will until the day that you see Adam again, standing by our LORD as you enter that place that we all so desire. Until then, may GOD's love and grace and mercy preserve and bless you, and may you know his peace that surpasses all understanding.


Joe, Tina, and Remington Norman
August 12, 2007
On 8/11 I spent the day in reflection of a man I never knew personally but feel I've gotten to know him through speaking with his Mother. Florence and I met through common tragic situations as we both lost sons to this war. Adam - I know you and Brent are watching down on us all, keeping us safe, guiding us to find a way through these horrible events and find a way to move forward in a positive way that will make you as proud of us as we are of you.
Happy Birthday Adam.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent A. Adams)
August 12, 2007
Thanks to Adam's work and dedication, others have been saved.
Hoo Yah EOD. He will be missed.
August 11, 2007
May love soothe you, may words comfort you, and may peace fill your're in my thoughts and prayers, Florence.
August 11, 2007
On this day and always, may God comfort you.
August 11, 2007
August 11,2007

On August 11, 1980 you were born ho what a happy day. Nine months before God created a special gift in His Heaven above. A gift that was full of joy, love, and courage. The courage that some day would show the world the mental and moral stength to face the danger most men and women could do for country's and other people around the world for freedom.
You were always full of sunshineand Love of God and His people. God placed all these wonderful along with a tender heart. You always has a kind word to say and oh how I loved your laugh. You never minded show your love for ,your mother. When you would come home from college on break I would pick you from the airport we would go and send three or four day on the breach. WE would talk and you would catch me up with every thing going on in your life at York. I would sat on the breach while you swam them we would have lunch then I would take a nap. then in the after noon it was back out to the breach and water. We would have dinner together after which you would go out for the evening while I would rest for the next day. Oh how presious those times were and I miss talking to you ho so very much Adam. We had those special times until you could no longer get back home. However, I will always remember those times we had together. Because of those 'you & Mom time together I never felt forgotten when we go home from the breach You would get together with all of you friends. Some times ever one would come over to our house and hang out just like they did before you left for college. Yes College, York College which seem like worlds away from home.
Just yesterday I came across your Associate in Art degree. Then off you went in the Navy.
Happy Birthday My Beloved Son, You are always on my mind.

From the Bible in Proverbs Chapter 22 Tells of How I fell for all my children.
MY Father In Heaven Is In Control,
Your Loving Mom
August 11, 2007
On this day of Adam's birth I hope everyone remembers not only his death but his courageous life. I know that my life is better for having known him. Adam emboddied all that makes me proud to be an American. I hope that his family knows that there are untold number of peope still keeping them in our prayers. God bless
August 11, 2007
May the Lord hold you close and soothe your grief.
August 10, 2007
Aug 11th on this special day we are keeping Adam in our thoughts and prayers and also for his family as this is a difficult time for them. Adam was a very special person and will always be truly missed by all who love him and we honor his memory Love Gene Valerie and Jasmine Ward
August 10, 2007
While this is a profound loss for his family and friends, this is also a loss to even those of us who did not know him. Just looking at his face one can see the goodness that left this world when he died.
August 10, 2007
Prayers for the McSween family especially at this time.
August 10, 2007
Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Your Allgood Friends and Family
August 09, 2007
This coming Saturday, August 11, is truly a day of celebration; a day to celebrate the birth of a very special person, Adam McSween. We so often use the word hero, but Adam personifies the word. His life exemplified courage, dedication, joy, faith and a robust love of life. In his few short years he lived a very full life. We all prayed fervently that he could continue to live in this world, but, even though that couldn't be, we were all so blessed by those years that he did live here. I do continue to pray for the entire family and I know the pain of his loss will always be with you, but I also know that the joy of his life and the person that he was will also always be with you. God bless you all and I thank God that my life was touched by Adam's if even in a limited way.
Kay Steed
August 03, 2007
August 03, 2007
Nearing this special time for Adam and his family allows those of us near them who daily realize that our blessings are the result of their sacrifice to again express our gratitude and sympathy. Please know that those of us at York College treasure the memories of Adam.
August 02, 2007
To All Parents
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of Mine,” He said.
“For you to love the While he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or 22 or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief.
You’ll have his lovely memories as solace and relief.
“I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are some lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to take him back again?”
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may
And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay;
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

Proud Mother of Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Adam McSween EODMU-11; IKA near Kirkuk, Iraq on 04-06-07
July 31, 2007
There is another guestbook you can sign in Adam's memory. It is located at mclanefuneralservice click on Obituaries then type in McSween then click on GO; next click on Joseph Adam McSween; then click on Guestbook.

August 11th is Adam's brithday please take a moment and say a prayer for all of those left behind to carry on the fight for Freedom
My Father In Heaven Is In Control,Florence, Adam's Mom
July 08, 2007
As we offer prayers for your family in this time of sorrow, we will also offer prayers of thankfulness for the work and sacrifice of your loved one, Adam. God Bless your family, may you find joy in your memories of him, and peace and comfort in knowing that there are many military families keeping you in our hearts.
May 29, 2007
love to you all...
May 28, 2007
On this weekend when the world honors our wonderful military and their families, I am ecspecially thankful for Adam and all the others who have given up so much for others safety. But, I am ecspecially grateful to have been lucky enough to know such a hero as Adam. Erin and the girls are in my daily prayers, please keep them in yours.
May 27, 2007
Erin and Angela - I know that this weekend is especially hard. As the world celebrates the memory of those in military service, you remember Adam and feel his loss. I want you to know you are in my prayers this weekend, and always.

Courtney Steed, sister CPL Dustin L. Kendall KIA 1/15/06
May 22, 2007

May 19, 2007
God bless the family and friends of Adam. Please know that you will be in our prayers.
Thank you Adam for being such a hero.

(In remembrance of Cpl. Joey Cantrell 4-4-07)
April 29, 2007
God bless this sailor and his family!
April 25, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the McSween family in the loss of Adam. I did not know Adam, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Adam you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
April 23, 2007
I am honored to have known Adam and to have worshipped our God with him in Valdosta.

To Erin: I know your world stopped in an instant when you heard of Adam's death. Days later, it seems the world has moved on, yet you are still in the depths of sorrow. Please know that there are others of us out here, lying in bed in the dark of night, praying for you and your babies and mourning with you...still.

In Christ,
April 22, 2007
I was so sad to hear the news about Adam, but so proud to know he lived such a full and happy life, with a beautiful Christian family, and serving our great nation. I will never forget how he made us laugh. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
April 20, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
April 19, 2007
I am sorry to learn of another Fallen Hero. I pray that God will give you the strength to face the days ahead and soon you will be able to reflect back on many wonderful memories of Adam.
April 18, 2007
Know in your heart that Adam is a true hero and will never be forgotten. All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace Adam. You will be missed by everyone’s life you have touched.

To Adam's family, as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family, friends, and all Americans for the sacrifice of one of your family members for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.
April 18, 2007
Sorry for your loss. Losing a child is horrible. Remember the fun you had with him as a boy.
April 18, 2007
No one should have to bury their child. We should go first. Our love,

Bob and Sarah Johnson
April 17, 2007
April 17, 2007
It broke my heart, to hear of this. I pray for him and his family.

Carolyn Mckinnon
April 17, 2007
Erin & girls,
I am so crushed to here we lost Adam. He was an unbelievable man, father, and soldier! My heart, thoughts and prayers have been with you since Dean called and told me. Adam was a very strong hearted man with an amazing family! Try and stay strong, he is safe in gods hands now.

Love you guys,
Angie & kids.
April 17, 2007
May God bless and keep you and your family forever.
April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007
Our heartful thanks goes to Adam for helping to keep our freedom in this country. From what I read about him, he surely is in the arms of our dear, sweet Jesus...
April 16, 2007
Adam and our son Vince played baseball together at Georgia Christian. Mike and I are saddened at the loss, but very proud of Adam as he was abroad protecting our country, and ultimately sacrificing his life for us. Our family prays for God to continuely bless and comfort his family during this time. Phillipians 1:3
In Christ's Love,
Mike and Tammy Hamm and Family
April 16, 2007
I have fond memories of all of the family. I am so sorry to hear of this.
April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I remember Adam and the rest of the family from my days with the VYST.

Kathy Sheeley
April 16, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

April 16, 2007
Valdosta High School is honored to have had such a brave hero as a former student. Sympathy and prayers are with the McSween family for your comfort and blessings.
Brian Law, VHS Guidance Counselor
April 16, 2007
Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with this family.

Stanley & Joan Stone
April 16, 2007
Although I did not know Adam, I did know his family. It is with a heavy heart that I wish the family peace and comfort that only our God can give. My personal thanks and appreciation go to Adam for his dedication and service to our country and to our God.

May God bless each of you with the peace that surpasses all understanding, courage, and stamina as you face each uncertain new day.

I pray that your memories of Adam's precious life will sustain you through these sad days. May God bless you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

Keep your faith strong, and keep looking up!
April 16, 2007
God Bless him.
April 16, 2007
Thanks for all you do. May God Bless your family and keep them, you will be missed.
April 16, 2007
I do not have the words to express the sorrow and greif we all feel at the loss of Adam. Our prayers and deepest condolences are with Adam & family.
April 12, 2007
April 12, 2007
Thinking of you:

Please accept my deepest sorrow on the loss of your beloved son; he was a brave American, a great sailor, and an honorable man. He was doing what he wanted to do and he was where he wanted to be, doing his duty. His life was not given in vain, but stands forever in the fight for freedom. His name will live forever and 100 years from now, long after our names are forgotten, his name will burn bright in the history of this great nation. He died for what he believed in and his sacrifice is felt by millions of Americans. I can say no words to help you, because there are no words that will help you; only time and God will give you the peace and comfort that I hope you can find. It will take much time to heal from this loss and may God help you during this difficult time. As a Vietnam Veteran, please accept my prayers and please know that I am praying for you in this, the saddest time of your life. Millions of people are praying for you and may God give you strength.

I am Respectfully,

Robert Adams
1st Cavalry Division
Vietnam ’67-‘68

John: Chapter 10 – Verse 17:18
April 11, 2007
May God comfort you right now in this time of loss. We morn with you and pray for you always. Know that our hearts are with you.

Sister of CPL Dustin L. Kendall,
US Army KIA 1/15/06 in Baqubuh,Iraq
April 11, 2007
As the mother of a son (my only child) who is enlisted in the Army, I want to send my condolences.
April 10, 2007
May the God of Peace give Adam's friends and family comfort in this time of great loss. Our hearts are hurting with you. Adam joins our brother and many others who have sacrificed all and who now stand together in this great country's hall of heroes.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Adrian and Courtney Steed
Brother-in-law and Sister of
CPL Dustin L. Kendall, US Army
KIA 1/15/06 in Baqubah, Iraq
April 10, 2007
May God be with you during this difficult time as only he can heal your hurt. Concentrate on the good times and cherish the memories. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your families. Thanks to Adam and all the other service men and women who defend our country.
April 10, 2007
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
April 10, 2007
We are saddened at the loss of this fine young soldier, a hero. May God embrace and comfort you as only He can. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
In loving memory of our nephew
Lance Cpl James R. Davenport KIA 11/22/06
April 10, 2007
Our thoughts and prayes are with Adams Wife and children and his family. Adam was a very special guy to those who knew him well. We will keep him in our memories. God be with you during this very difficult time. He did a great service for his country and we are very proud of him. Gene Valerie and Jasmine Ward
April 10, 2007
My Deepest and Most Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, with a Multitude of Thanks for this Brave Young Hero's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

The price Joseph and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten.
May he Rest Safely, in God's Care and may the Peace of God be with the McSween family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago

"Surely He hath borne our grief,
and carried our sorrows."
Isaiah 53:4

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Joseph.
Quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
April 09, 2007
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
April 09, 2007
It is with the deepest sadness that I ask the family and friends of this brave young Soldier to accept the offer of my most sincere and heart felt condolences. I hope that you know that your loss is shared and mourned by millions of Americans. Most of whom you don’t know and in all probability will never meet. We sincerely appreciate the sacrifices made by your patriot.

Freedom is not free; it is paid for by our heroes, and for those who fight for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know! This soldier made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

I know the pain parents feel when they loose a child. I lost a son 19 years ago. It is a pain that defies description. It is a pain that never goes away. It is a pain that will never end. It is a pain that is all consuming.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

May God Bless and keep you today, tomorrow and forever!

Rest in Peace brave soldier; you did your duty with great honor, dedication, distinction and in the highest traditions of our great country.

Semper Fidelis
April 09, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about another fallen! I know there are no words that I can say to ease your pain! The loss of a child is something that is the most difficult thing to bare. We can only pray that one day we will be together again. I was told that if you stretch a piece of string a mile long and line that string with beads, the beads would resemble eternity. Life here on earth is equal to “only one bead”. We have only a short time here compared to the time we will spend in eternity with our loved ones. The only thing I can say is let faith keep you grounded in your life and hold on to your loved ones! This will help you through! This is what helps me get through my days, I too have lost. My son entered into the Heavens to be with our Lord!
God Bless Your Family!

In Loving Memory of Lcpl. Anthony C. Melia USMC~ Ramadi, Iraq 1/27/2007
April 09, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about another fallen! I know there are no words that I can say to ease your pain! The loss of a child is something that is the most difficult thing to bare. We can only pray that one day we will be together again. I was told that if you stretch a piece of string a mile long and line that string with beads, the beads would resemble eternity. Life here on earth is equal to “only one bead”. We have only a short time here compared to the time we will spend in eternity with our loved ones. The only thing I can say is let faith keep you grounded in your life and hold on to your loved ones! This will help you through! This is what helps me get through my days, I too have lost. My son entered into the Heavens to be with our Lord!
God Bless Your Family!

In Loving Memory of Lcpl. Anthony C. Melia USMC~ Ramadi, Iraq 1/27/2007