State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) and Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) will join friends and family of fallen war hero Sergeant First Class Charles L. Adkins for Friday’s memorial highway dedication honoring his service and sacrifice to the nation.
Sgt. Adkins, a ’93 graduate of Margaretta High School, served 16 years in the US Army with two deployments to Iraq and a final deployment to Afghanistan where he was killed by a suicide bomber on April 16, 2011 while working to train Afghan forces.
Sgt. Adkins is survived by his wife, Sarah Lane Adkins, and five children.
“Sergeant Adkins left an indelible mark on his community and nation through his heroic service,” said Rep. Redfern. “This highway designation enshrines his legacy and memory, forever honoring his dedication to our nation, his family and the community of Castalia.”
Sgt. Adkins received numerous accolades during his service, including four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Conduct Medals, two National Service Defense Medals, the Bronze Star Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Path Finder Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
"As community members and families gather for the festival this week, they also come together to celebrate the life and service of a great patriot, Sergeant Adkins," said Sen. Gardner. "His courage and strength will continue to be felt by many for generations to come."
The Sfc. Charles L. Adkins Memorial Highway runs northeast from Castalia and Sandusky on State Route 101. Rep. Redfern’s legislation designating the memorial highway was included in a broader measure passed by the legislature in late February.
Area elected officials will join the Thomas Neil #275 Woman’s Relief Corps during the Castalia Cold Creek Celebration for a 6 p.m. dedication ceremony on Friday, July 18 at Castalia Village Hall, 126 Main Street, Castalia, Ohio 44824.