U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 260-11
March 31, 2011
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died March 29, 2011, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire in Konar province, Afghanistan.
Sergeant First Class Ofren Arrechaga, 28, of Hialeah, Florida
Staff Sergeant Frank E. Adamski III, 26, of Moosup, Connecticut
Specialist Jameson L. Lindskog, 23, of Pleasanton, California
They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
For more information, media should contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 931-561-0131 or 270-798-9966.
Staff Sergeant Frank E. Adamski III, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, formerly of Plainfield, was killed in action in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
He was born in Port Jefferson, New York, on March 30, 1984, to Frank E. Adamski Jr. of Voluntown, Connecticut, and Susan (Poppiti) Adamski of Port Jefferson, New York. After moving to Connecticut from Long Island at age nine, he attended elementary school in Voluntown. He grew up in Plainfield and graduated from Plainfield High School in 2002 where he participated in football and track. He joined the Army in March 2005, where he completed basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Following basic training, he was stationed in Friedberg, Germany, where he was attached to the 1/36th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He married the love of his life, Danielle (Bimler) Adamski on March 31, 2007.
After returning home, he was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was a Javelin Anti-Armor Missile instructor. In early 2009, he re-enlisted and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 2/327 1st Brigade Combat Team.
In February of 2010, he became a proud father of Victoria Grace Adamski. Shortly after Victoria's birth, he was deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by his parents; his sister, Veronica Adamski; his great-grandmother, Emma Marie Adamski; and numerous family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at St. John the Apostle Church in Plainfield. A gathering will be held at the Plainfield VFW following the service, and all are welcome. Burial will be private at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
By request of the family, we ask that you bring a dish and your many fond memories of Frank. We want his infectious smile and sense of humor to live on forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Staff Serveant Frank E. Adamski III Scholarship, c/o Plainfield High School, PO Box 218. Central Village Connecticut 06332.
Staff Sergeant Frank E. Adamski, 26, of Moosup, Connecticut, entered the Army in March 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2009. He was an Infantryman assigned to Charlie Company.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Adamski is survived by his wife, Danielle Adamski and daughter, Victoria Adamski of Clarksville; father, Frank Adamski of Volutown, Connecticut.; and mother, Susan Adamski of Westbury, New York.
A Plainfield native and U.S. Army soldier has been killed overseas, according to his family.
Frank E. Adamski III died Tuesday, the day before what would have been his 27th birthday, according to Carol Anne Rowe, Adamski’s stepmother.
Rowe said Adamski had been serving in Afghanistan, though she did not know if he was killed there. Rowe said she was informed of Adamski’s death by his father, Frank E. Adamski Jr., of Voluntown, at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The Department of Defense had not confirmed Adamski’s death as of late Wednesday.
“Frankie,” as he was known by Rowe and his friends, was a 2002 graduate of Plainfield High School, where he played on the football team, Rowe said. She laughed when recalling how Adamski broke his leg “in a stellar fashion” during a high school game.
Rowe, a former Plainfield selectman who now lives in Killingly, said she married Adamski Jr. when Frankie was 9, and he lived with Rowe, his father and Rowe’s son, Chris Fink, now 26, until he was 16.
“To me, he’s always that 9-year-old kid,” Rowe said, choking back tears.
Rowe said Adamski enlisted in the Army after high school, and then re-enlisted after serving four years. A 2007 article in The Bulletin lists Adamski as an Army E-4 specialist who enlisted in March 2005 and was deployed to Iraq’s Al Almbar province from January 2006 to February 2007.
Rowe said Adamski had been home in Connecticut on leave a few weeks ago.
Rowe said he was an “excellent brother” to his stepsister and Rowe’s daughter, Veronica Adamski, 12.
“My daughter adores him,” Rowe said.
Rowe said she was glad Adamski was home so recently, and told her daughter to cherish the time spent with him.
“I just keep telling my daughter that you had that moment of a hug and good-bye and ‘stay safe.’ Most people don’t have that,” Rowe said.
Married, one child
Adamski married Danielle Bimler, also of Plainfield, in 2007, according to The Bulletin archives. Rowe said Wednesday also would have been their fourth wedding anniversary.
The couple had a daughter, Victoria, on February 19, 2010, according to The Bulletin archives and Rowe.
The couple had bought a house and had been living in Tennessee, Rowe said.
“We knew it could potentially happen, he knew it could potentially happen, but he wanted to serve his country,” Rowe said she has been telling her daughter. “And be proud of him, and hold on to every moment you have.”
Inside Plainfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Assistant Town Clerk Cynthia Matteau wiped back tears. Matteau said Adamski lived with her family for a few years after high school. She said he was very good friends with her son, Ron.
“He was our little Frankie,” Matteau said.
Though saddened by his death, Matteau smiled and chuckled over a few memories.
She said she still has a picture of her son and Adamski sitting in the crowd at their high school graduation. From the sea of people, she can easily pick out Adamski because he is the only one looking into her camera, smiling and waving. She said Adamski wore a Hawaiian T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops to his graduation, and she shuddered when she remembered the boys smoking “big, fat cigars” after the ceremony.
ADAMSKI, FRANK E
- SSG US ARMY
- AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/30/1984
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/29/2011
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9612
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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