James Stacy Adams

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James Stacy Adams
Born 1961-06-12
New Orleans
Died 2004-01-02
Wiesbaden, Germany
Nationality USA
Other names Rock
Occupation soldier
Known for committed suicide shortly after news broke soldiers under his command stood accused of torturing prisoners

James Stacy Adams (b. 1961-06-12 -- 2004-01-02) was a soldier in the United States Army.[1] He was the senior non-commissioned officer in the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, from September 2, 2003, until his unexpected death on January 2, 2004.[2] The 302nd was stationed at Abu Ghraib Prison.

Adams joined the United States Army in 1981.[2] As he underwent his training Adams was recognized as the "Honor Graduate" during intelligence training at Fort Huachuca, and again, when he took a Primary Leadership and Development Course.

During his tenure members of the 372nd Military Police Company, garrisoned Abu Ghraib, when the infamous trophy photos of abuse of prisoners were taken.[2] Colonel Thomas Pappas, the commanding officer of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, that included Adam's battalion, was present during the death in custody of "ghost prisoner" Manadel al-Jamadi.

Peers who knew and admired him report one of his favorite sayings was "with proper NCO leadership, a private can do no wrong."[2] Adams peers speculated that his suicide was the result of sudden depression over the prospect courts martial would require him to testify against the men he commanded.


  1. "302ND MI Battalion Memorial: James Stacy Adams". 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion. Archived from the original on 2004-01-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20040125210120/http://www.205mi.wiesbaden.army.mil/302mi/CSM%20ADAMS%20Memorial.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J David Galland (2004-05-25). "Unanswered Questions About a Military Leader's Sudden Death". Military.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20131014173925/http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,Defensewatch_052504_Galland,00.html. Retrieved 2014-01-12. "Suddenly, just after New Year's Day, 2004, CSM Adams fell quiet. The official casualty report did not include the cause of his death. I lost a friend and a former colleague. Many questions remain unanswered in my mind, in particular whether knowledge of the ongoing Army investigation into his unit may have contributed in any way to his passing."