Who was Sgt. Mark P. Adams?
After graduation, Adams joined the Marines and served four years. After the 9/11 attacks, to his dismay, his unit was stuck on deployment in Okinawa, Japan, instead of deploying to the Middle East. When his enlistment ran out, he left the Marines frustrated and spent a year studying at a local community college. During this time, he decided to come back to Cary High as a volunteer assistant to his former coach. With his help, the team won two more titles.
Adams still had a desire to serve in the Middle East. He felt like he was wasting time in school. In late June 2005, he went to see his former gunnery sergeant to see about getting back in – on the condition that he be sent to Iraq.
08/08/81 – 10/15/05