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Memorial service to honor fallen soldier

Sunset High graduate killed last week in Afghanistan
by: Submitted photo Sgt. Danial R. Adams

A memorial service for Sgt. Danial R. Adams, who was killed in an insurgent attack last week in Afghanistan, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15300 S.E. Industrial Way, Clackamas.

Parents and relatives of Adams, 35, who graduated from Sunset High School in 1994, invite friends and members of the public who want to pay their respects to attend, said Capt. Jae Kim, a spokesman with the Oregon First Special Forces Group.

Assigned to the First Battalion 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Stuttgart, Germany, Adams was killed in action Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, where he was conducting combat operations with his Special Forces team.

He suffered wounds when insurgents attacked his unit using mortar, machine gun and small-arms fire.

He is survived by his wife, Melany, and three children, John, Jeff and Skye, in Stuttgart. His parents, Jim and Penny Adams, and his sister, Brandi Schaper, reside in Hillsboro.

Born in Scappoose, Adams moved with his parents to Hillsboro, where he spent his formative years. He joined the military after high school in 1995, as an infantryman with the Third Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, Ga. He served with First Battalion, 501st Infantry at Fort Richardson, Alaska, before being stationed closer to home at Fort Lewis, Wash., with the First Battalion, 23rd Infantry.

Adams earned the Green Beret honor in 2005 and served in his first Special Forces assignment as senior medical sergeant with the Third Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2009, he transferred to Stuttgart, where he served on the Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan.

A plaque inside Sunset High School recognizes Adams service to his country. He received numerous honors for service above and beyond the call of duty, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign medal.

Adams' family members requested any gifts or donations in Adams' memory go to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Donations may be made online at www.fisherhouse.org/donate/ .

A funeral service for Adams will be held later this month at Fort Bragg, Kim said.