Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Adam E. Loggins dies 'from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations'

Most airport good-byes, even tearful ones, are not meant to be final.

But when three Limestone County siblings said good-bye in December, they wanted to be sure they left nothing unsaid — just in case.

“Those two boys and my daughter hugged and kissed each other when we went to the airport. They said, ‘I know this might be the last time we ever see each other,’” said their father, Danny Loggins.

On Thursday, two of the Loggins siblings, Amber, 29, and Josh, 24, will attend the funeral service for their brother, Lance Cpl. Adam Loggins, 27, of the East Limestone community. Burial will be in the veterans’ section of Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville with a military service.

Danny, who was named fire chief for the City of Huntsville three weeks ago, and his wife, Becky, learned on Thursday that Adam had been killed in Iraq. The family has been in seclusion until Monday when they finalized their son’s funeral arrangements.

According to a press release on the U.S. Department of Defense Web site, Adam died Thursday from wounds sustained during combat operations in Al Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mayfair Church of Christ off Airport Road in Huntsville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville. Firefighters from Athens, Huntsville and surrounding areas, as well as military personnel, are expected to attend.

Adam is the first soldier from Limestone County killed in the war.

From the News Courier