Stationed in South Korea, he was preparing to come home for the holidays. He typed a Facebook post to let his friends know.
"well everyone it is official i will be home december 19th at 5:00 pm whoever wants to come see me at the airport let me know so i can prepare myself in advance lol," the Facebook post read.
Tonight, a procession of motorcycle riders will meet Army Spc. Justin Kyle Adams, 21, of Largo, at Tampa International Airport. Along with his family, the entourage will escort the young man's body to the funeral home in Pinellas County where his services will be held. Adams was killed less than two weeks ago while conducting reconnaissance for a future training mission near the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in Yeoncheon, South Korea.
Adams and another soldier were found dead Nov. 22 after their Humvee flipped in a river. Adams and Maj. Evans Hanson, 35, of Sugarland, Texas, lost radio communication the day before. A search began and continued into the night, but the two were not found until the next morning.
Both Adams and Hanson were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team headquartered at Camp Hovey.
Adams' obituary said he was born in Litchfield, Ill. He did his basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., and was deployed to Seoul, South Korea, in March.
He was a member of the Pathways Community Church in Largo, loved football and basketball, and was an orange belt in karate.
He was engaged to be married.
The Patriot Guard Riders will escort Adams' family to TIA, retrieve Adams about 11 p.m., and return to the Moss Feaster Funeral Home at 693 S Belcher Road, said Thomas Brown with the Patriot Guard Riders.
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