Cpl. Adrian Soltau Grew up in a large family, Adrian Soltau provided energy and a spark for his siblings and a shadow for his older brother, Andre. If Andre brought home an A on his report card, Adrian worked for two. When Andre put his name on the Madison High School honor roll, Adrian studied to put his name next to it. His older brother took the sibling competition in stride, sharing the pride of competing in high school baseball and football and performing well in the classroom. But Andre initially objected when Adrian announced that he planned to follow his path into the Marines. Adrian went off to boot camp in August 2001, following his older brother, two years to the day. Adrian accomplished good things in Iraq. Adrian and his brother Andre's sacrifice has helped give Iraqi women more freedom than they have had in decades, and the U.S. soldiers continue to rebuild a country and start a democracy. "It's a great chunk of our lives that's been taken away from us, but we still have him in our hearts, when I spoke with him on Saturday, his last words were, 'It's a job that no one wants to do but someone has to do it, so Dad, I'm going on a mission.' "
Adrian Will Be Greatly Missed By All Whose Lives He Touched! His Courage & Strength As A Young African-American Man Will Be Remembered And Live On Through His Friends & Family.