Greer is preparing for a hero's welcome for the return of U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross, who was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday. Ross arrives at Stevens Aviation at 1:19 p.m. and is scheduled to come through Greer shortly after that. The public is invited to welcome Ross home.
Photo of U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross displayed at memorial service August 2 in Italy.
Photo from memorial service August 2 in Italy for U.S. Army PFC Adam Ross and three other fallen heroes.
Paying respect at service in Italy.
Ross is scheduled to arrive at Stevens Aviation at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 1:19 p.m. Thursday where family, a military honor guard and the Patriot Guard will meet him.
The motorcade will travel from Stevens Road, to Airport Drive to Hwy. 14 and make a left on W. Poinsett where Ross will be brought to Wood Mortuary. Residents can pay their respects by lining the streets of Greer as the escort makes its way to Wood Mortuary.
Ross of Lyman died Tuesday, July 24, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered small arms fire, reported the U.S. Department of Defense
Ross was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy. He had been in Afghanistan for three weeks when he was killed in an ambush, according to the Army.
Lt. Jim Holcombe, a military veteran, said his department has been on call for Ross’ return. “This is something that touches a lot of hearts,” Holcombe said. “Almost everybody has a friend or family in the guard or military. They can feel what the family is going through. This is a small way for all of us to get out there to support the family.”
The Greer Fire Department will use its hook and ladder truck to fly the American flag on W. Poinsett.
“We can’t do enough for (Ross),” Holcombe said. “Everybody’s heart goes out to the family.”
Ross is a December 2010 graduate of James F. Byrnes High School and he enlisted on April 4, 2011.
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