GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM or
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VETERANS
The following are veterans of the Global War on Terrorism, which is also known as Operation Enduring Freedom. We welcome more entries. If you want to add a Global War on Terrorism Veteran to the site, please email with any information about the veteran. If at all possible, let us know in which cemetery, county, and state the person is buried. You may include biographical data, a photograph, tombstone photograph, obituary, or another other information you wish to add.
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Brown, Adam Lee
5 February 1974 - 17 March 2010
Chief Special Warfare Operation (SEAL)
Brown was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and graduated from Lake Hamilton High School. He joined the Navy in 1998 been assigned to various East Coast-based SEAL teams since April of 2001 and was deployed in his eighth combat mission. Adam was mortally wounded while trying to flank the enemy to protect his teammates. By his actions, he saved the lives of several of his men.
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Adam Brown was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (total: 5), Iraq Campaign Medal (Total: 3+), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Total: 4+), Global War on Terrorism (Service) Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary) Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Combat Action Ribbon (Operation Enduring Freedom), and numerous other personal and (and confidential) unit decorations.
A book, Fearless, by Eric Blehm was released May 22, 2012, about the life of Adam Brown.
Numerous websites have been made in honor of Hot Springs native Adam Brown. Recently, Fearless Rock has been made in his honor on the bottom of Lake Ouachita. Here are some off-site webpages: Navy Seal Memorial; Facebook Fearless Rock
His tombstone reads In Memory of Hero and Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That a Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends John 15:13
Brown is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas.
Below is a map of Adam Brown Road in Pearcy, Arkansas, in the middle of the Lake Hamilton School campus, his alma mater.
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Richards, Steven Donald
26 May 1972 - 26 December 2011
Richards was born in Magnet Cove, Arkansas, and graduated from Magnet Cove High School in 1990. He was a noncommissioned officer, E-6, U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004 and served in the Army Reserves A company, 489th Engineer Battalion from 1998-2006 as a combat engineer and track driver. His military honors and awards include the Global War on Terrorism and the Army Commendation medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Richards is buried in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.
Thomas, James Michael
6 November 1974 - 2 March 2014
After graduating from Arkansas Tech University, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from which he was retired. In 2006, James was deployed in Iraq, during operation IRAQI Freedom and is a recipient of the Iraqi campaign medal. For his service, he was awarded the Air Force expeditionary service medal. 1
1 The Sentinel-Record. Obituary. Hot Springs, Arkansas