Remembering a Fallen Hero ... Shane Adcock, ’03
Capt. Shane Timothy Adcock, a 2003 Longwood University graduate and a U.S. Army field artillery officer, was killed 11 October in Iraq.
Capt. Adcock, 27, was killed when a grenade struck the side of his Humvee while he was riding in a convoy in the town of Hawijah in Kirkuk province. He was the first graduate of Longwood’s ROTC program to be killed in hostilities in Iraq or Afghanistan. He had been serving with the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 7th Field Artillery, stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Capt. Adcock was deployed to Iraq in July 2006.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan from March 2004 through March 2006.
The Mechanicsville native earned a B.A. in communication studies at Longwood.
“I had the good fortune to know Shane quite well,” said Dr. Tim Pierson, vice president for student affairs. “Shane was popular and was active in campus activities, serving as an officer with Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and a member of the Judicial Board. He loved Longwood and was very committed to serving our country. Shane had a real zest for life, and we are all very saddened by this tragic news. He will
Dr. Wayne McWee, vice president for academic affairs, also knew Adcock. “I was privileged to know Shane as a student and fraternity brother,” he said. “Shane provided leadership within the student body and our fraternity. I will miss a brother and a friend.”
Capt. Adcock was married June 4 this year. His wife, Jennifer, is a student in the doctor of physical therapy program at Duke University.
He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 27 October with full military honors.