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Name: Marine Cpl. Adam J. Buyes

Age: 21

From: Salem, OR

Assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan

Incident: Marine Cpl. Adam J. Buyes died Nov. 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Marine was due to return to Okinawa within days

By Capi Lynn
(Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal

The family of Cpl. Adam J. Buyes is making arrangements to bring their son and brother home.

Buyes, who grew up in Salem, Ore., was killed Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

His remains were expected to arrive soon at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and his parents and two of his brothers, already back east visiting family for Thanksgiving when they received the heartbreaking news, planned to be there.

"Right now I'm focused on getting my boy back in the States and getting him taken care of, and reuniting my family," his father, Mike Buyes, said by telephone.

Adam's other siblings, a sister and a brother, did not make the Thanksgiving trip and were in Salem when the family learned of his death.

The family has been told that the 21-year-old, a field radio operator for the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed while on foot patrol.

Buyes had been in Afghanistan &mdash his first deployment to the Middle East &mdash since May and was scheduled to return to Okinawa, Japan, where his unit is based, by early next week. He already had purchased an airline ticket to fly home Dec. 22, according to his father.

The last time Mike Buyes spoke to his son was on Thanksgiving.

"He really wanted to be with us," his dad said, his voice cracking.

Adam Buyes attended Washington Elementary School, Waldo Middle School and McKay High School. He graduated from McKay in 2008, and joined the Marines on Jan. 12, 2009. His brother, Joshua, also is in the Marines, with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. Joshua returned from a tour in Afghanistan three weeks ago.

A news release from Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa, where Adam was stationed the past two years, listed his service awards to include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.

"Cpl. Adam Buyes was a truly dedicated professional who cared for his Marines as if they were brothers from the beginning," said battalion 1st Sgt. Daniel J. Wilson. "He was often emulated and adored by many of the Marines he came in contact with. Cpl. Buyes was just one of those Marines that made being in Okinawa, Japan, or deployed to Afghanistan better and more enjoyable for everyone."

His family is in the process of making arrangements for a local service.

"We just want to make sure he is honored," his dad said.

High school coach, teacher remember fallen Marine

By Capi Lynn
(Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal

SALEM, Ore. &mdash The last time McKay High School football coach Jay Minyard saw Adam Buyes was this past spring.

The 2008 graduate spent a day at his alma mater while on military leave, having lunch with his former coach and hanging out in the weight room, where his name is etched on the record boards.

&ldquoHe was in here working out with some of the kids, showing them some things he&rsquos learned in the Marine Corps,&rdquo Minyard said. &ldquoHe was definitely in really good shape. It was kind of one of those deals where he really missed us and kind of felt compelled to give back a little bit.&rdquo

That was the kind of young man Cpl. Buyes was.

The 21-year-old was killed Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. No other details were provided, although a news release said &ldquothis incident is under investigation.&rdquo

Buyes&rsquo family could not be reached, although McKay principal Ken Parshall did speak to his parents by phone. The school made a copy of the 2008 yearbook, which includes Buyes&rsquo senior picture, available to the media and arranged interviews with Minyard and teacher Cathy Sparks.

Sparks had Buyes in her French class as a freshman.

&ldquoI remember he tried super hard and had fun, but French really wasn&rsquot his thing,&rdquo she said with a smile.

Sparks also had Buyes for three years in her advisory class, where students get help with scheduling and graduation planning.

She said he stood out in that class, which a lot of students find a way to skip, because &ldquohe always came.&rdquo

&ldquoHe was kind of quiet, but outgoing with people he knew,&rdquo Sparks said. &ldquoHe was probably different on the football team.&rdquo

Buyes participated in football and track and field at McKay, and also was a member of the bowling club. He played offensive and defensive line for the Royal Scots and competed in throwing events in track.

&ldquoHe was a very strong kid,&rdquo Minyard said.

Proof of that is on the walls of the school&rsquos weight room, where Buyes is among the all-time leaders in the 300-pound bench press and the 275-pound incline.

But Buyes was more than just an athlete, according to those who knew him at McKay. He was a dedicated student who posted a 3.43 grade-point average the last semester of his senior year.

Buyes was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan.

&ldquoHe was proud to be a Marine and to serve his country,&rdquo Minyard said. &ldquoAnd we were all really proud of him. He was one of McKay&rsquos finest.&rdquo

Died: November 26, 2011


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Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother

Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.

Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.

Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.

John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.

Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.

Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff

John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen

Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.

Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you

Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise

Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.

Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.

Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.

Deora Bodley

rest in peace

James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.

Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family

John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!

Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V

Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.

Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.

Clayton L. Adamkavicius

He was a good guy...

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