The first hero I am running for on this journey is Sgt. Adam Thornton. I asked the people of 22 Too Many if there were any families on the list from the New Orleans area, and they gave me Adam.
Here is his story from the web site:
SGT Adam Joseph Thornton passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the age of 22. SGT Adam was a member of B/1-141 FA, The Washington Artillery 16 September 2008 to present. He was a veteran of OIF X and Operation New Dawn. Honored recipient of Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Louisiana War Cross and Louisiana General Excellence Ribbon. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a loving father, son, grandson, brother, soldier and a friend to many, who loved his country and treasured his family.
Adam accomplished more by the time he reached the age of 22 than a lot of people accomplish in a lifetime. This broke my heart, so I can’t even imagine what the family has been going through.
I have created a fundraising page for anyone interested in giving to this great cause.