Army Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski III, 26, of Plainfield, was among three soldiers who died of injuries they suffered when their unit was attacked with small arms. The others who died are Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, 28, of Hialeah, Fla., and Spc. Jameson L. Linkskog, 23, of Pleasanton, Calif.
The three were members of the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), from Fort Campbell, Ky.
Adamski, who was from the Moosup section of Plainfield, is survived by his wife, Danielle Adamski, and young daughter, Victoria, of Clarksville, Tenn. He is also survived by his father, Frank Adamski of Voluntown, and his mother, Susan Adamski of Westbury, N.Y.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered state and U.S. flags lowered to half staff to honor Adamski.
"It is unimaginable that Connecticut is mourning the death of yet another soldier lost in battle," Malloy said in a statement. "Staff Sgt. Adamski's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this devastating time. Staff Sgt. Adamski leaves behind a young daughter who will know and understand the sacrifice her father made on behalf of all of us."
Adamski joined the Army in March 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2009. He served as an infantryman, assigned to Charlie Company of the 2nd Battalion.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; the Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Adamski's stepmother, Carol Anne Rowe, told the Norwich Bulletin that her stepson died the day before both his 27th birthday and fourth wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Victoria, turned a year old last month.
After graduating from Plainfield High School in 2002, Adamski enlisted in the Army and re-enlisted after four years, Rowe said. The Bulletin reported that he was also deployed to Iraq from January 2006 to February 2007 and had come home to Connecticut a few weeks ago while on leave.
Adamski was the third Army soldier with Connecticut ties to die in Afghanistan this year. Pfc. David Fahey Jr., 23, of Norwalk, died Feb. 28 of wounds from an improvised bomb, and Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, 36, of Watertown, died March 12 when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
Fifty-four service members and civilians with Connecticut ties have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since fighting began in 2002.