On Sunday, July 22, 2007, Sgt. Shawn G. Adams, a 21-year-old Airborn Ranger, was killed after a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle, just outside of Owaset, Iraq. He was assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Shawn was 19 years old when he went to Range School, he was the only 19-year-old in his class.
He became a sergeant in 2 1/2 years and was a squad leader. Many considered him a local hero.
Shawn was following in the steps of his best friend when he enlisted. That friend, Joseph Medeiros Jr., was killed last New Years Eve in a motorcycle accident in Texas, the same night that Shawn was injured in Iraq by an explosive that left shrapnel in his leg.
Shawn Adams is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina Elizabeth Adams (Beth) of Anchorage, Alaska; his mother and stepfather, Laura and Robert Gills of Dixon; his father and stepmother, Darcy and Gaye Adams of Vacaville; three sisters, Lacy and Samantha of Dixon and Mary of Vacaville; grandparents, Jim and Gloria Paisley, Mike and Beatrice Bruno, Robert C. Gillis Sr. and Marijo Gillis.
Shawn believed in what he was doing, he believed in fulfilling his commitment and we supported him all the way.
Friends are invited for a visitation from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 180 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Michael McFadden officiating.
Interment with full military honors will follow in the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.
A trust has been created at Travis Credit Union for the Shawn G. Adams Fund, Attn: MSA, P.O. Box 2069, Vacaville 95696 or Sergeants Major Association of California, SMA Chaplains Fund, 7785 La Mirada Circle, Buena Park 90620.