Saturday, April 16, 2011

Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins, 36, of Sandusky, Ohio

SFC Adkins was assigned to 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died April 16, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an Afghan National Army soldier attacked him with multiple grenades. Also killed were Capt. Charles E. Ridgley Jr., Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor, Sgt. Linda L. Pierre and Spc. Joseph B. Cemper.

A fallen soldier returns to Castalia this week.

Castalia native and Army Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Adkins, 36, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on April 16.

His body is scheduled to arrive at Cleveland Hopkins Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

From there, law enforcement will escort him down the Ohio Turnpike to Castalia.

The procession will pass Margaretta High School, where Adkins graduated in 1993, and the Veterans memorial in downtown Castalia before ending at Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St.

Residents are encouraged to pay their respects and line the processional route as it winds its way through town at about 3 p.m.

Adkins is survived by his wife, Sarah Lane Adkins, a 1995 Margaretta graduate, and their five young children, all of whom live in Clarksville, Tenn., near the military base in Fort Campbell, Ky., where he was stationed.

Adkins was deployed to Afghanistan in November, his third overseas tour during his 16 years in the Army. His two previous tours were in Iraq.

His career achievements include the Bronze Star Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Service Defense Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, Path Finder Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

He attended Spring Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of fourteen years, Sarah Lane Adkins of Clarksville; sons, Garrhett Adkins and Gavin Adkins; daughters, Makayla Adkins, Mackenzie Adkins and Gabriella Adkins; father, Charles (Velvet) Adkins of Milan, OH; mother, Sheila (Richard) Good of Hudson, MI.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins was killed in action on 4/16/11.


Anonymous said...

I miss him dearly. He was one of kind. Made everyone smile and made everyone feel like they were his best friend. I love and miss you Chuck more than you'll ever know.

Anonymous said...

I saw your memorial today as I driving. Tonight I will say a prayer for you family, rest in peace and thank you for my freedom.