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Over 100 people traveled to a remote region of the Mojave Desert on Saturday to attend the dedication ceramony for the Michael J. Adams monument. Major Mike Adams, USAF, lost his life on 15 November 1967 when his X-15 lost control during reentry. He was the first American to loose his life during a manned space mission.
The presenters at the ceremony were Eagle Scout candidate John Bodylski and Major Greg Frazier, USAF Aux. The event opened with a presentation of the Colors and a Flag Salute. Frazier then told of the life and times of Mike Adams while Bodylski told of the story of the creation of the monument. He also offered thanks to all who helped.
[i][b]Above[/b]: Dave, George, Brent and Dan Adams[/i]
Four members of Major Adams' family were present: George Adams (brother), Brent Adams (youngest son), Dave Adams (nephew) and Dan Adams (nephew). George gave a moving tribute to his brother and a heartfelt thanks to all who made this possible.
John Bodylski was then presented with a letter of commendation from the BLM presented by Mr. Hector Villalobos. The letter commends John for organizing a project with such important historical significance. It further thanks him for adding an important site of interest to the public lands.
[i][b]Above[/b]: Dan Adams, Greg Frazier, John Bodylski, Brent Adams, George Adams, Bill Dana, Dave Adams and Scott Kaczorowski[/i]
Major Frazier then introduced a group of former X-15 mechanics and crew members followed by an introduction of Mr. William H. "Bill" Dana, the last man to fly the X-15. Bill spoke of Mike's contribution to the aerospace world and the importance of the X-15 program.
[i][b]Above[/b]: Watching the Fly-By! Left to right: Dave Adams, George Adamd Pete Merlin and Dan Adams[/i]
Those in attendance then stood for a rendition of "Taps" followed by a fly over conducted by Major Ken Gonzalez and Captain Mike DeVoogt of the 68th Composite Squadron, USAF Auxiliary. They flew a beautiful red, white and blue Cessna U-206 for the event.
Following the close of events, many traveled to the Silver Dollar Saloon in nearby Red Mountian for some great food and conversation. A fantastic time was had by all.
We offer a final salute to Colonel Pete Knight who very much wanted to be at this event...
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