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    1. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson August 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

      He was a good guy…

    2. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson April 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

      I went to Riverside Polytechnic High School with Clayton. He was such a heart throb. I am not sure if he knew my name but we all knew his. Even as a teenager Clayton showed leadership and great promise. I am so sad to know he is gone. He was really a good person. We all miss him.

    3. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

      To the Adamkavicious family

      You don’t know me, but our paths crossed on 21 April 2006. I was a member or the crew of the B-52 that was unable to ride to the rescue of your son…we were however, able to avenge his death.

      My prayers are always with you.

    4. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson October 27, 2006 at 12:00 am

      To the Adamkavicius family:

      Please think of this when the pain of loss becomes too much to bear.

      I Did Not Die

      Do not stand at my grave and weep.
      I am not there. I do not sleep.
      I am a thousand winds that blow;
      I am the diamond glints on snow.
      I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
      I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.

      When you awaken in the morning’s hush.
      I am the swift uplifting rush
      Of quiet birds in circled flight.
      I am the soft star that shines at night.
      Do not stand at my grave and cry.
      I am not there;
      I did not die.

    5. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson June 29, 2006 at 12:00 am

      Clayton’s story has touched my life. God Bless him and his family for his sacrifice. God Bless!

    6. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson May 10, 2006 at 12:00 am

      In Remembrance of Clayton Adamkavicius

      In April of 1963 Clayton Lee Adamkavicius was born to Doris and Ed Adamkavicius in Dayton Ohio. As the youngest of four children, Clayton was a vicarious toddler with an appetite for knowledge and an ability to always be the center of attention.

      For a time Clayton lived in Dayton, then my parents learned that the Air Force was transferring them to Italy. The Adamkavicius family spent some time in West Monroe before leaving for Italy, and this is where Clayton became aware of the family he had and the love for him they shared.

      Young Clayton learned the meaning of disappointment in Italy, for it became apparent to him, quickly, that he would have to spend more time learning to walk because his Uncle Jerry wasn’t their to carry him wherever he needed to go.

      From Italy the family went to Germany and Clayton grew. In 1969 the Adamkavicius family returned to the United States and was transferred to Riverside California. Clayton’s father retired from the Air Force and the decision was made to settle in Monroe. Though his time was short in Monroe, Clayton made many bonds with cousins that he would hold special for the rest of his life.

      Clayton’s family left Monroe to return to Riverside California where young Clayton settled into a southern California life style with its snow covered mountains and warm beaches.

      As Clayton grew, so did his ideas and talents. As an artist, Clayton’s skills were almost instinctual. Clayton enjoyed everything from pottery, to drawing. When Clayton set his hand too it, it was like he had done it for his whole life. Clayton once tested his talents by drawing a 10 cent stamp on an envelope, and then mailing it to his cousin Chris in West Monroe. Amazingly, the letter made it. To this day I don’t believe the Post Master General ever found out. Though a felony conviction my still be coming.

      Though Clayton’s abilities were amazing to his parents, family and friends, and set him apart from many others, it still wasn’t enough for him. Clayton always wanted to be apart of something bigger. He wanted to help; he wanted to fight against evil and to protect those he loved. This is what drew him to the military.

      Clayton joined the Air Force in 1983. With only a high school diploma and some college, he found himself in the enlisted ranks. Clayton’s first taste of military life was bitter sweet. In speaking with him later, I found he learned two things, first, that he wanted to be the one giving the orders, and second, never back away from your dreams.

      After he left the Air Force, Clay tried civilian life for a time. He worked at various carriers and made many choices, but he was never able to shake the calling of military life.

      After much thought, Clay joined the Nevada Army National Guard. Clay had remembered his lessons from before, and chose a career in the Mechanized Infantry to learn all he could about life in a combat unit, and how to drive tanks, He also put in for OCS (Officer Candidate School). Though his age was an issue, Clay’s ability of persuasion is legendary and his commander found a drive that he knew would never fail Clay. Following, Clay achieved is undergraduate degree in business and excelled in OCS. When it was all said and done, Clay had become what his dreams had always led him to be, an officer in a combat unit.

      Once in the Kentucky Army National Guard, Clay worked hard to further his military career, but also to do what he could to defeat evil and forward the cause of good so others may have what they never would be able to achieve on there own; democracy.

      Clay had spent two years in Bosnia when the horror of September 11th showed us all that oceans wouldn’t be enough to stop those who would stop at nothing to see our way of life, and who we are, destroyed. Clay knew his calling and his path was clear.

      Capt. Clayton Lee Adamkavicius died on 21 April 2006. His death was sudden, his life cut short. He knew the mission he was carrying out would bring democracy one step closer to the people of Afghanistan, and safety to those he had left here at home. To him this was a win-win situation. If he had known what awaited him on that fateful night, he wouldn’t have flinched and he wouldn’t have run, for Clay believed in what he was doing, and he knew what he loved, and nothing was going to threaten that ever again.

      So, today we are here to honor his memory. We are not here to greave but to remember Clay as he was; a soldier that defended what he loved and gave hope to others who has never had hope before.

    7. Salute To Clayton L. Adamkavicius
        Tribute For Clayton L. Adamkaviciuson May 5, 2006 at 12:00 am

      O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on Your departed veteran who gave his life in the service of his country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of Your Son he may share in the joy of Your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in You with Your saints forever.

      I ask this through Christ our Lord.

      My sincere hearfelt condolences to Clayton’s family

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