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Marine Lance Cpl. Adam R. Brooks

Died November 28, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Manchester, N.H.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Nov. 28 by enemy action in Babil province, Iraq.

Manchester Marine killed in Iraq

Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A Marine from New Hampshire has died in Iraq after a bomb exploded near his Humvee, the Department of Defense said.

Rose Marois said her son, Lance Cpl. Adam Brooks, 20, was killed Sunday while he was on patrol in Baghdad. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Brooks was a newlywed and a 2003 graduate of Central High School, joining the military right after graduation.

“He wanted to further his education that way. He had all kinds of plans,” his mother said.

Marois said her son was expected home in February and wanted to become a state trooper.

“It’s awful,” she said. “Your kids aren’t supposed to die before you do.”

Brooks and his wife, Ashley, were married over Memorial Day weekend, knowing he was headed to Iraq.

“They married so that when he was in battle, he’d have something to hold onto,” said Fatima Deek, a close friend of the couple.

Those who knew Brooks at Central High School recalled his love for the Marine Corps and his enthusiasm for joining the service.

“The minute he decided what he wanted to do, there wasn’t any stopping him,” said Joy Canny, a support professional at Central.

Brooks was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He died in Iraq’s Babil province.

He was one of eight service members from the base killed in recent fighting in Iraq.

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