Sergeant First Class John Adams received the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions near Salman Pak, Iraq in Oct. of 2004. While on a night patrol he engaged enemy forces that were in the process of burying the fifth in a chain of deadly roadside bombs. Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs were the weapon of choice throughout Iraq. They disrupted US and coalition operations and took a devastating toll on US, coalition, and Iraqi troops and civilians. Patrolling Iraq was scary enough as a tank commander in an M1A1 Abrams tank, but very often SFC John Adams would lead patrols in Humvees when armor for those vehicles was scarce if not non-existent. One such patrol took place on a night in October near Salman Pak, just South of Baghdad, Iraq. SFC Adams came upon an individual who appeared to be changing a tire, but in Iraq you take nothing for granted. His worst suspicions were confirmed when he was fired upon by two other men hiding in the shadows. He successfully repelled the enemy attack and discovered the fifth in a chain of IEDs planted along a critical supply route.
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