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Adam J Buyes

Salem, Oregon

November 26, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Marine Cpl

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Okinawa, Japan

 Killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

11/30/2011 - A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, of Salem, Ore., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 30, 2011. Buyes was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Kotecki)

Welcoming Home Our Hero, Click photo below:

December 4, 2011

For Memorial Service Snapshots, Click photo below:

December 10, 2011

Highway Sign Honoring Our Hero, Click photo below:

 Adam Buyes Street Sign Dedication

October 7, 2014

From The Oregonian oregonlive.com 11/30/11:

Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes died weeks before return to Salem
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:54 PM Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 10:06 PM
By Ray Whitehouse, The Oregonian

The remains of a Salem Marine killed in Afghanistan arrived Wednesday night at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, 21, died Saturday during combat operations, the U.S. Department of Defense reported. Since May, he had served as a field radio operator in Helmand province.

His death came weeks before he was due to return home to see his family. He had just purchased a ticket for a flight to Oregon Dec. 22.

One of his brothers, Joshua Buyes, also 21, returned home three weeks ago after a tour in Afghanistan with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, II Marine Division.

Buyes' other younger brothers traveled with his parents, Mike and Carla Buyes, to meet his remains at Dover.

Buyes was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan. He graduated from McKay High School in June 2008, joined the Marine Corps in January 2009 and received many service awards. 
"Cpl. Adam Buyes was a truly dedicated professional who cared for his Marines as if they were brothers from the beginning," said Sgt. Daniel J. Wilson, the battalion's first sergeant. "He was often emulated and adored by many of the Marines he came in contact with."

Buyes became the 150th service member from Oregon and Southwest Washington to die in the Middle East conflicts. He was the 31st Oregonian to die in Afghanistan. To see a list of fatalities, go to Farewell to the Fallen, a list maintained by The Oregonian.

His unit will hold a memorial service Sunday at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
Arrangements for family services have not been completed. 
The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

From The Statesman Journal statesmanjournal.com 11/30/11:

Fallen Marine returned to U.S.
Buyes' siblings will be escorting their brother back to Salem
10:52 PM, Nov. 30, 2011

A Salem Marine killed in Afghanistan over the weekend returned to U.S. soil on Wednesday afternoon.

The remains of Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, in a flag-draped transfer case, arrived at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base in an Evergreen Airlines jet. It was purely coincidental that the fallen Oregon serviceman was transported in an aircraft from the McMinnville-based company.

The 21-year-old's parents, Mike and Carla Buyes of Salem, and brothers Joshua and Tyler were at Dover for his arrival. The family gave special consent for photographs to be taken during the solemn ceremony, which can be viewed at StatesmanJournal.com.

Buyes was killed Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province. He was a field radio operator with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan.

Joshua, who also is a Marine, and Tyler plan to escort Adam's remains back to Salem. His family has not yet formalized memorial and funeral service details.

From The Statesman Journal statesmanjournal.com 10/07/14:

Highway sign honors fallen Marine from Salem
by Capi Lynn, Statesman Journal 5:30 p.m. PDT October 7, 2014

Neatly printed in blue ink are the three words: "Momma loves you!"

No one will ever see the message Carla Buyes wrote on the top edge of the sign that was installed Tuesday afternoon on Highway 22 in honor of her son. But she will always know it's there.
Other family members took turns leaving their own messages after the Fallen Hero Memorial Highway sign was unveiled during a ceremony at the Oregon National Guard's Anderson Readiness Center.

Marine Cpl. Adam J. Buyes was killed on Nov. 26, 2011, during combat operations in Afghanistan, and nearly three years later his family gathered to celebrate his legacy in the form of a 6-foot by 4-foot brown sign with white letters.
It was installed near milepost 20, on the north side of Highway 22 across from the Highway 51 turnoff to Independence. The family chose that location because it's in Adam's hometown and on the well-traveled route to his favorite destination.

"Adam's favorite things to do were at the coast," his mom said. "He fished. He crabbed. He loved the beach."

The location also is fitting because it's not far from Restlawn Memory Gardens, where Adam was interred.

The Fallen Hero Highway Memorial program, made possible by Oregon Legislation, recognizes and honors those who were killed in action or died as a result of wounds received in action while serving in the Armed Forces.
Adam Buyes, who graduated from McKay High School in 2008, is the fifth fallen hero to be honored. The family paid $600 to the Oregon Department of Transportation to cover the cost and installation of the sign.

"The community came together to help us get this passed into law to honor not only our son's legacy but to open doors for other families to be able to have the same thing done, so that generations can remember the cost of freedom," dad Mike Buyes said.

Mike and Carla Buyes were in town from Florida for the unveiling of the sign. They moved there about 18 months ago for Mike's job and expect to eventually return to Salem, where their other children reside and they still have a home.

Senate President Peter Courtney spoke during the unveiling ceremony, which was attended by members of the Oregon National Guard and the Patriot Guard.
"Remember Adam," Courtney said. "He gave his life for his country. He gave his life for the great state of Oregon. He gave his life for his family. He gave his life for all of us."

One family member who did not attend the ceremony was 2-year-old Addie Buyes, the daughter of Adam's older brother, Anthony Buyes. Addie was named after her uncle.

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