A fallen solider from the Upstate was laid to rest Saturday afternoon. Pfc. Adam Ross was killed in small-arms enemy fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan, last week. His funeral was held in Greer.
Ross was just 19-years old, he served with the Second Battalion, 503 Infantry Regiment, 173 Airborne Brigade Combat team based in Italy.
Saturday family, friends and supporters gathered to pay their last respects to a true American hero. As crowds gathered Saturday to say goodbye for both those who knew Ross, and even many who didn't, the pain was clear. He was a hero simply taken too young.
"I don't suppose it should make a difference, the age of an American solider that's killed in action, but it does," said Randy Stevens, a South Carolina Patriot Guard Rider. "Nineteen and dead are words that shouldn't go together."
Ross was in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom for just three weeks leading up to his death. According to his mother, he wanted to serve our country ever since he was just two years old.
The Ross' have always been a military family, and Saturday supporters came out to show their appreciation for their ultimate sacrifice.
"It's difficult when you see his brother in uniform," said Stevens. "He's a proud young solider, it's difficult. You hurt with them, they are doing fine but that's a lot of pain to bear."
The service also drew in those who didn't know Ross, but say coming to the service Saturday was just part of every citizen's duty.
"We all need to support our groups that are out there defending us," said Jason Davis with the BGS Brotherhood Riding Club. "It's the least we can do to show respect and everything for what they're doing."
Ross was buried with full military honors at Wood Memorial Park following the funeral Saturday afternoon.
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