York, PA - AStaff Sgt. Adam ****myer had stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, but he wished to do more for his country, his grandmother, Nancy ****myer, said.
The 26-year-old went through training and deployed in June to Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Adam ****myer was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb while he was on foot patrol in the Kandahar Province, according to military news releases.
"He gave his all, and my heart is heavy," Nancy ****myer, of Heidelberg Township, said.
Adam ****myer was born in Glen Rock and spent the first eight years of his childhood in York County before his family moved to North Carolina.
His aunt, Lisa Shearer of Windsor Township, said that her nephew didn't want to move away from York County. So she and her husband, Lee, invited him to stay for part of one summer.
Adam ****myer and his cousin, Shane Shearer, hung out with the neighborhood children, played capture the flag and turned the Shearers' backyard into a baseball field, Lisa Shearer said.
He graduated from Carver High School in North Carolina in 2002 and joined the Army that fall.
Adam ****myer guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from 2003 to 2009, according to his obituary.
He got married three years ago in a military-style wedding with a reception at the officers' club, Nancy ****myer said. "It was so beautiful," she said.
Adam ****myer and his wife, Melinda, visited York County about a year ago before he went for his training to be sent overseas. The large family met at the Embers Steakhouse & Seafood restaurant in Springettsbury Township.
"We just had a good time and talked," the grandmother said.
Nancy ****myer and her daughter, Lisa Shearer, recently sent a package of goodies to Adam ****myer. The bundle included razor blades to share with his platoon, beef jerky and two movies, "Date Night" and "Green Zone," Shearer said.
****myer's wife told them that he did receive the package and that he appreciated it, Shearer said.
Nancy ****myer, who is now the oldest in her family, said her grandson's death is not fair.
"He was so young and hasn't lived his life," she said.
About Staff Sgt. Adam L. ****myer
Staff Sgt. Adam L. ****myer, 26, of Winston Salem, N.C., was an Infantryman assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He joined the Army in Oct. 2002 and arrived at Fort Campbell in Nov. 2009.
His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Superior Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Air Assault Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Parachutists Badge; Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Expert Badge.
Source: Fort Campbell, Ky. news release