Hanson, Adams remembered at 2ID memorial

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Hanson, Adams remembered at 2ID memorial

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 28, 2013

Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division said goodbye to two of their own during a ceremony at Camp Casey in South Korea.

Maj. Evans A. Hanson, 35, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Spc. Justin K. Adams, 21, of North Redington, Fla., died after their military vehicle ran into a river Nov. 21 near the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in the northern part of the country.

The 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment marched and fired a cannon Monday in honor of the two fallen soldiers before gathering for the memorial.

“Maj. Hanson and Spc. Adams possessed a sense of responsibility for a personal contribution to the United States Army, demonstrated by their acts of dedicated effort, reliability and thoroughness,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy McGuire, commander of the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment.

Hanson, a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, had served as the battalion operations officer since June after a stint as lead operations planner for U.S. Forces Korea.

Hanson graduated from the University of Southern California in 2000 and later earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from Georgetown University.

Following his tour in Afghanistan, he attended both the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.

Hanson’s awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Adams, 21, was born in Litchfield, Ill., and enlisted in October 2012 as a field artillery systems specialist.

After completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and individual training at Fort Sill, Okla., Adams was assigned in March as a computer operator and driver for the battalion operations officer.

Adams was promoted to specialist posthumously.

Adams is survived by his parents, Janet Elaine Mercer and Larry Lee Adams; and his sister, Amanda Elaine Killen. He was engaged to be married to Morgan McBride.

The incident that killed the two soldiers remains under investigation, Army officials said. The soldiers were scouting the area around the town of Yeoncheon for future training events when they lost communication with their unit. Hanson and Adams were found Friday morning after an exhaustive overnight search, according to an Army statement.

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