A 21-year-old soldier from Pinellas County died last month in South Korea, and his family has asked the Patriot Guard Riders to assist in an escort and stand in silent respect, according to the motorcycle club. Army Pfc. Justin K. Adams, who lived in North Redington, died Nov. 22 when the Humvee he was in accidently fell into a river, the U.S. Army said in a news release. Adams, a field artillery data specialist, did basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., and his advanced training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma prior to deployment to Camp Hovey in Dongducheon, north of Seoul. Adams, born Jan. 3, 1992, in Litchfield, Ill., was a member of the Pathways Community Church in Largo, according to the Patriot Guard Riders. Adams loved football and basketball and was an orange belt in karate.
An escort will take Adams from Tampa International Airport at 11 p.m. Wednesday to Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher, Clearwater, according to Thomas Brown, assistant state captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. Adams and Maj. Evans Hanson, 35, of Texas, were driving toward a nearby training area for a live-fire exercise when their vehicle fell into the Hantan River, the Army said. Their bodies were found after an overnight search. Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, headquartered at Camp Hovey.