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Family of fallen Gresham soldier remember loved one with sign along Mt. Hood Highway

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - A sign honoring Adam Plumondore was placed at the intersection of the Mt. Hood Highway and Southeast Palmquist Road. The family of a Gresham man who gave his life in service to his country gathered Tuesday morning, July 30, to unveil a sign honoring his sacrifice.

The late Sgt. Adam Plumondore meant a lot to his loved ones — and now they will be reminded of him every time they drive into Gresham from Sandy. The sign, which reads "Fallen Hero Memorial Highway" and includes Plumondore's name, is located near the intersection of Southeast Palmquist Road and the Mt. Hood Highway.

"It's a great honor for Adam," said his mother Elfriede Plumondore. "He would be embarrassed. He would think it's cooler than crud to see the sign, but he'd be embarrassed."

Plumondore grew up locally and attended Gresham High School, where he competed in track, baseball and football. He enlisted in the United States Army with a dream of one day joining the Gresham Police Department — but he died before that happened.

Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, was one of the elected officials who spearheaded the commemorative sign for Plumondore during the 2017 Legislative Session. She also was serving as Police Chief when he died.

"Sgt. Plumondore was deeply respected for his leadership and courage, and his fellow soldiers credited him with saving their lives countless times," Piluso said.

Plumondore served as a sniper, protecting the lives of his fellow soldiers in his platoon. He was skilled, placing third in the 2003 United States Army International Sniper Competition.

While with the military, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade and the 25th Infantry Division. He was based out of Fort Lewis, in Washington, and was deployed to Iraq in October 2004.

He was killed on patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 16, 2005.

Plumondore was a decorated soldier, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and three Army Achievement Medals, in addition to several other awards.

He was close to his family, most of whom stood along the highway sharing memories. Plumondore loved fishing, hunting, country-and-western music, his pickup and cowboy hat, riding motorcycles and being outdoors. His friends knew him as the "Gentle Giant" for his easy-going nature.

His parents, brother, and other family members gathered during the unveiling to share memories of Plumondore.

"These were the important people to be here," Elfriede said.

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