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First Name: Shane

Last Name: Adcock

Birthplace: Norfolk, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Timothy

Date of Birth: 24 May 1979

Date of Death: 11 October 2006

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 2003 - 2006
Shane Timothy Adcock

•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)
•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


Shane Timothy Adcock
Captain, U.S. Army

Shane Timothy Adcock was born on 24 May 1979 in Norfolk, VA, the son of Maris and Vera Adcock. He grew up in the Tidewater area until the family moved to Mechanicsville, VA in July 1992. As a youth, he was active in the Cub Scouts, WEBLOS and Boy Scouts, attending the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in 1993 and 1997.

He was a 1997 graduate of Atlee High School in Mechanicsville. He was involved in sports at Atlee where he wrestled and received the Atlee Ruritan Social Development Committee Scholarship. He also loved outdoor sports such as surfing and rock climbing.

Adcock attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA, where he served as an officer with Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and was a member of the fraternity's judicial board. He eventually decided on Communication as his major.

While attending Longwood, in January 2001 Shane joined the Virginia Army National Guard. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK in April 2001, and after graduation his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) was in the specialty of Field Artillery, also taught at Fort Sill, home of the Army Field Artillery School. Shane wanted to attend Basic and AIT, so that he would know what enlisted soldiers had experienced and felt that would make him a better officer. After completing the two courses, he returned to Longwood and signed his ROTC contract in August 2001.

Shane participated in the Simultaneous Member Program where he was a member of the Virginia National Guard attached to Sandston, VA, and the ROTC program at Longwood University. (Shane was the first graduate of the ROTC program to be killed in the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.) In May 2003, Shane graduated from Longwood and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in the U.S. Army. He returned to Fort Sill for the Officer Basic Course in Field Artillery and after his graduation in December 2003, he drove back to Virginia to see his sister, Shannon, graduate from James Madison University.

In January 2004, Shane reported for his first duty assignment with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI. In March 2004, 2LT Adcock and his unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served for a total of 14 months. During his deployment he served as a Fire Support Officer for the 2-27 Infantry Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division. He received his first Bronze Star Medal (Merit) while deployed on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Shane continued his service in Afghanistan and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Upon returning to Afghanistan after his R&R, he was pulled up to HQ Operations and assigned as the Fire Direction Officer with the 3-7 Field Artillery Division, at a newly-developed Forward Operating Base.

During his 2-week R&R leave from Afghanistan in October 2004, Shane met his future wife, Jen, at one of the “Welcome Home” parties for him. In December 2004, Shane and Jen began conversing by email and phone. On 4 June 2006, the couple had a beautiful wedding on the Big Island of Hawaii, on the Kohala Coast. Shane and Jen did not have long together. Two weeks later she returned to school at Duke University and Shane was sent to Fort Sill for special training that would qualify him to direct close air support from the Air Force without going through the Air Force Forward Air Controllers (FACs). He was one of only about 300 Army soldiers throughout the Army who had received this training.

After completion of the training, 1LT Adcock returned to Hawaii to prepare for the upcoming deployment to Iraqi. On 1 May 2006, Shane was promoted to Captain and in June 2006 he was selected for a special Military Transition Team (MiTT) upon deployment to Iraq. (A MiTT is a 10-15 soldier team that trains local forces.)

On 11 October 2006, CPT Adcock and his unit were returning from a mission when a hand-thrown improvised explosive device (IED) capable of penetrating heavy armor hit their Humvee and killed Captain Adcock. Nothing was more devastating to the entire Adcock family than to have two Army officers at their door at 10:00 p.m. on 11 October.

Medals and Awards

Bronze Star Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Action Badge


Captain Shane Timothy Adcock was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on 27 October 2006.

Honoree ID: 6394   Created by: MHOH




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