Onalaska Airman Remembered Today
An Onalaska man is being remembered today. 7 years ago, Adam Servais, a
senior airman in the Army, was in south central Afghanistan when the convoy he was traveling with came under heavy fire from insurgents. An estimated 100 or more concealed enemies began shooting from three sides. Servais turned over responsibility for a machine gun to another team member and began directing close air support to help suppress the insurgents.
As he was talking with pilots overhead and spotting targets for them, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded behind Servais, killing him. Servais was a member of a Special Forces operational detachment that was working with Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan police.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Star and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor on August 25th, 2006.