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Family mourns N.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted October 31, 2010

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— Family and friends mourning a Winston-Salem native killed in Afighanistan say they also want to celebrate the way he lived his life.

Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer, 26, was killed Thursday by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol near Kandahar, according to the Department of Defense.

"I was in disbelief," his father, David Dickmyer, of Winston-Salem, told WFMY News. "I just felt like I was robbed or something and was just shaking. It was very hard to believe. My one and only son."

Family friend Lanette Holmes remembered Dickmyer, who was married, as a kind man.

"You just couldn't meet him without being touched in some way," she said. "He had a really good heart."

The graduate of Carver High School in Winston-Salem always had his eyes on serving in the military, relatives said.

"He wanted to fight for his beliefs, and he wanted to make a difference," Holmes said. "He did that, and we couldn't want anymore for him." Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer Winston-Salem man killed serving in Afghanistan

Dickmyer served with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Along with his father, Dickmyer is survived by his wife Melinda Dickmyer, of Arlington, Va., and mother, Stephanie Dickmyer, of New Port Richey, Fla.

He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  • peverts Nov 1, 11:29 a.m.

    RIP. These wars must end and our men and women come home. As a combat vet of RVN, I cannot abide this illegal waste of blood, treasure and America's "honor". Enough.

  • Eduardo1 Nov 1, 11:20 a.m.

    R I P Sgt Dickmyer, our native son
    Condolences to your family and friends.

    When will our young boys finally come hope from this senseless war and not in body bags or wounded in combat, by in most cases an unseen enemy.
    I do not feel any safer here in the US because of their sacrifice. The terrorists around the world are not fazed by our "mission" in their land.
    Where are the liberal doves, showing their outrage of these actions, ie: Hollywood elite, college students & facilities, Congressmen, MEDIA, etc?
    They sure make a lot of noise when a Republican is in office.

  • armywife320 Nov 1, 9:17 a.m.

    Rest in peace soldier. Thank you for your service. Thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.

  • danunger Nov 1, 8:53 a.m.

    Heartfelt prayers to the family, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All", God Bless our Soldiers.