The Fearless story of Adam Brown
HOT SPRINGS (KATV) — If you ask someone who knew Adam Brown, they might say he was fearless.
On the football field for Lake Hamilton, Adam always chose to line up across from the strongest and biggest players.
If he was at a party, he would approach the prettiest girl.
Fear isn't a word in your vocabulary if you're a Navy SEAL like Adam was.
It's now been four years since Adam's death. But for those living with his legacy, it's a labor of love.
"He would jump off our deck. We would go on trips and he would always walk over to the edge," said Janice Brown, Adam's mother. "I was constantly fearful."
During Adam's boyhood years, Janice recalls a time her son jumped from a moving car off the Highway 70 overpass into Lake Hamilton.
Adam's parents, Larry and Janice, said Adam was born without a fear bone.
Adam grew up in Hot Springs loving football girls and adrenaline.
During his early 20's, finding that rush put Adam in a dark place.
From drinking to marijuana to a crushing addiction to crack cocaine, Adam accumulated 16 felony warrants.
Adam's father Larry told the sheriff where his son was so Adam could be arrested and put in jail.
Larry said he and Janice slept well that night knowing where Adam was.
"Adam was the type of guy to do everything at 110 percent, and Adam was 110 percent into drugs," said Larry.
Adam's felonies were dismissed when he agreed to spend a year at a Christian ministry in Florida known as Teen Challenge to help control his addiction.
Once he came back to Hot Springs, it didn't take long before he called his mother with life-changing news.
"He said I got married. Oh, and one more thing, I joined the Navy," said Janice.
Adam met his wife Kelly in Hot Springs. Together they have two children, Nathan and Savannah.
Thanks to a good relationship with a well-known recruiter, Adam's troubled past was forgotten so he could serve in the Navy, but not just any Navy.
Like Larry mentioned before, Adam wanted to serve his duty to the highest degree, so Adam applied and trained to become a Navy SEAL.
Only 20 percent of those who go through the grueling Navy SEAL training become one.
The golden Navy SEAL trident was pinned on Adam's uniform in just two years.
"That's one of those times I was pleased I had been wrong," Larry said with a proud smile on his face.
Adam became a Navy SEAL before it was popular to join any branch of the military.
After 9/11, Adam's SEAL training was put to good use when he would deploy to fight some of the highest-level Taliban leaders.
But not even one of the worst attacks in American history could scare Adam from the front lines when his toughness was tested.
In 2003, Adam lost sight in his right eye when he was shot by a simulation round, but he made the best of it by playing a pirate for his two kids and displaying his love for Arkansas with a Razorback sticker on his prosthetic eye.
Adam was once in an armored car accident that ripped off three of his fingers.
Doctors were able to reattach them, but it cost him complete feeling and dexterity in all three.
Still, any physical setback while in harm's way didn't deter Adam's faith, or desire to help those in need.
In Afghanistan, Adam noticed how badly the children around him needed shoes, and with a simple call to his pastor, Adam put shoes on dozens of Middle Eastern children, showing that he is just as compassionate, as he was tough.
On March 17, 2010, the Brown family got a knock at the door no military family wants to get.
"In Hot Springs, Arkansas, you don't see many men in Navy dress blue uniforms," said Larry.
During Adam's last deployment, he and his team were on a mission deep in the Hindu Kush to capture or kill a high-level Taliban target.
Adam's team fell under heavy fire and he was shot and killed.
Today, Adam is buried with his veteran grandfather in Hot Springs, but his legacy is alive and well thanks to Eric Blehm.
Blehm wrote the New York Times bestseller 'Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown'.
Recently, Blehm has been in conversation with film company Media Relativity about turning Adam's story into a movie.
"I'm going to do Adam right," said Blehm in a Skype interview with KATV. "I'm going to stay true to who he was, because the power is in the truth. You don't need to change Adam's story."
After Adam's funeral, some of his friends lined the narrow bridge over Lake Hamilton, just like Adam did as a boy, to plunge into the lake.
A sight, like Adam's legacy, that can't be forgotten.
There is no time table on when Adam Brown's story will hit the silver screen.
To learn more about Adam's Legacy Foundation, click on the following link: www.adamslegacy.com.