Captain Shane Timothy Adcock
Growing up in a military family can have its ups and downs. For Shane Adcock of Mechanicsville, Virginia, coming from a military family was simply inspiration for what he wanted to do with his life.
Shane was born in the Tidewater area of Virginia where his grandfather had been stationed while in the Navy. Having loved ones in the military and living in a military town heightened his interest in the service. His family eventually moved to Mechanicsville where he attended Atlee High School and graduated in the spring of 1997. Along with school, Shane was involved in other extracurricular activities such as the Boy Scouts. He knew he wanted to join the Army, but his parents insisted he first obtain a college degree.
He enrolled at Longwood University, where he joined Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and was involved in other organizations on campus. While in college, he enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in January 2001. Basic training was at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in April 2001. Even though Shane would be commissioned as an officer after graduation, he decided to attend basic training so that he would share what his enlisted soldiers experienced.
College graduation day came in May 2003, and Shane accepted a commission to 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His first duty assignment was with the 25thInfantry Division at Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii. Shane and his unit were deployed to Afghanistan in March 2004 for 14 months. Thankfully, Shane returned home the next year and met his future wife at a ‘Welcome Home’ party. Shortly after their marriage, Shane was deployed to Iraq. On October 11, 2006, he and a few other soldiers were driving a Humvee down a dirt road in Hawijah, known as a hot bed of resistance from Sunni fighters, when a grenade was thrown into their vehicle. The grenade detonated killing Shane and wounding two others. Family and friends were completely devastated, but took comfort in the fact that Shane died doing what he loved – protecting the freedoms we hold dear.
The Virginia War Memorial honors Shane and his service and sacrifice for our country. Let us never forget.