Adam’s Prayer

“Lord, I ask you to watch over my men as we go into the valley of the shadow of death. I know that the enemy we face is not only an enemy of America, but an enemy of Israel as well, an enemy of you Lord, so I know we are fighting for you. If it is your will that one of us from weapons platoon should fall, please let it be me, and not one of my brothers.

In your name I pray. Amen.”

Corporal Adam D. Jones

Image from a memorial in the Combat Operations Center at Panda Ridge, Musa Qala District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Corporal Jones, a mortar man with Weapons Platoon, India 3/2, was killed in action near Panda Ridge Patrol Base in Musa Qala District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on April 28, 2011. He was 29. A Marine spokesman for Adam’s family in Germantown, Ohio, made the following comments upon the arrival of Adam’s remains at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“There are two things that [Adam] believed in and that was the Marine Corps and God…. The family’s biggest concern is that he wants Americans to know that he gave his life for what he believed in.”

About Nate

A 2003 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and former Marine infantry officer, Nate is the Chief Operating Officer of Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans get jobs. He holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Nate lives with his wife and dog in Alpharetta, Georgia.
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3 Responses to Adam’s Prayer

  1. sniperdad says:

    My two youngest sons are getting baptized this morning. I will not forget that Adam’s work helped to allow them to worship as they will in a country that has religious freedom. I will not forget that the work and sacrifices that all our troops do and make are to protect those freedoms from those in the world that would take those freedoms away.

    My oldest will be traveling into the “valley” later this year to continue Adam’s work. Please pray for him those that would.

    Thank you Adam. My prayers are with you and your family. Semper Fi.

  2. 2-Blue Star dad. says:

    My son did his afghan tour, saw plenty of combat, many mortar attacks, and came home with medals. I think God every day for that blessing of having him return without a purple heart. I cannot imagine how I would keep my sanity if he had been lost in combat, and never saw his son. My prayers are going up for Adam’s family and friends, and the sniperdad’s family and friends also.
    2-Blue Star dad.

  3. Ryan de Coup-Crank says:

    I relieved 3/2 in Panda Ridge and read this prayer that was posted in the COC. His mother vowed to send us care packages as long as Panda Ridge was occupied. Unfortunately we disbanded Panda Ridge in mid-late October (if memory serves me correct), and I distinctly recall a shift in my perspective of the war. It seemed futile. I wrestled with the fact that Corporal Jones’ life was paid in procurement of this ground and we simply packed up and left. The rural communities it seemed were a waste. How could we provide lasting change if, when we leave (which inevitably will happen), the Taliban would return as if our Panda Ridge never existed? Thank you for posting this prayer, Sir.

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