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Farewell to Adam

By Tom Gierhart

Adam Galvez

Adam is my grandson spending much of his life with Anne and I.  He was 21 years old and in the 1st Marine Division.  On July 29, 2006 he was wounded in action and was 3 out of 7 marines that survived.  He had an opportunity to return to the states but chose to return to his unit.  Last Sunday August 20, 2006 he was killed in action in Al Anbar provence.  His body will arrive in SLC Sunday and burial will be in the Bluffdale veterans cemetaty probably on Tuesday.
Farewell to Adam
Somewhere hidden in the heart of all who have experienced combat resides a small hallowed space reserved for a unique fraternity.  It is a place that is sacred and impassable except for those sharing the experience.  It is a place where only members of the brotherhood, the band of brothers, are allowed. Adam has entered this place.  His farewell words to me were "well grandpa, now it's my turn".  Farewell Adam my Grandson, and farewell my brother.

Beloved Hero, Son, Brother, Nephew, uncle, Grandson and Marine Cpl. Adam Galvez age 21 ended his tour of duty in Iraq on August 20th 2006. He was born in Loma Linda, California on April 2, 1985.  He lived in Hemet, Ca. until he was seven when his family moved to Salt Lake City.  He attended West High School and graduated in 2003 from Horizonte in Salt Lake City Utah, He served in the United States Marine Corps assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division as an LAV mechanic, driver and scout. He was stationed in Twentynine Palms, California and deployed to Iraq in March of 2006.  Adam enjoyed playing baseball, skateboarding and snowboarding but more than anything, he loved to work on cars.  Visitation is open to the public on Tuesday, August 29th from 5-8pm at McDougals Funeral Home located at 4330 S. Redwood Rd. Salt Lake City, UT. Services for Adam Galvez will be held Wednesday, August 30th at 2:00 pm at Calvary Chapel located at 460 West Century Dr. (4350 South) Salt Lake City He is survived by his parents Tony and Amy Galvez of Salt Lake City, Brother, Travis Galvez, Sister, Sarah Galvez, nephew Drew and nieces Rilee and Jaye. Grandparents, Tom and Anne Gierhart and Eugene Garber all of Salt Lake City Utah, and many uncles, aunts and cousins. We express deep gratitude to our friends, local churches and the community for the sincere Love, Care and Support that you have shown us through this difficult time. We say a very special thank you to Adamís friends for being part of his life.  We deeply appreciate the United States Marine Corps for allowing Adam to proudly serve his country and for providing support and strength to his family during this time.
 Another Marine has reported for duty.  Semper Fi.

Until Then
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