Cpl Adam J. Buyes
Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, 21, of Salem, Ore., died Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. This incident is under investigation.
Stars and Stripes reports:
"The 21-year-old joined the Marines Corps in January 2009 after graduating from McKay High School in Salem the year before. Buyes’ brother Joshua is also a Marine, The Oregonian newspaper reported.
"'He cared for his Marines as if they were brothers from the beginning,' said 1st Sgt. Daniel J. Wilson, the battalion first sergeant, in a statement released Tuesday by the Marines on Okinawa Tuesday. 'Cpl. Buyes was just one of those Marines that made being in Okinawa, Japan, or deployed to Afghanistan better and more enjoyable for everyone.'
"A high-school athlete, Buyes 'had high morals, a great work ethic,' his high school football coach Jay Minyard told The Oregonian. 'His peers loved him; his teachers loved him.'
"A memorial service will be held Dec. 4 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Marine officials said."
About 400 people attended the memorial service for Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes today at New Hope Foursquare Church in Salem. Four pastors spoke during the service, all of them having been a part of Buyes' life growing up. Family, friends and even strangers offered tributes during a sharing time about the young man who grew up in Salem and graduated from McKay High School in 2008.