An Inside Look At Navy SEAL Adam Brown’s Underwater Memorial
The unique memorial honors a unique SEAL
Adam Brown was no ordinary Navy SEAL.
With a penchant for overcoming obstacles and the noted absence of fear, he touched the lives of everyone he met in one way or another.
While Adam would throw himself into nearly any activity he partook in, it sometimes led him down the wrong path. At a young age, he found himself with a crippling addiction to crack cocaine, piling up a slew of felony warrants and even some time behind bars.
But the universe had different plans for Adam, and that came in the form of his wife, Kelly Brown, and a Navy recruiter who was able to give him just one shot at success.
The heart-wrenching book “Fearless” by Eric Brehm takes the reader from Adam Brown’s days as a carefree teen to his struggles with drug addiction, to heroism on the battlefield.
Inspired by the book and sacrifice, diver William Stevens and a local group set out to place a memorial in his home town.
But setting up any average memorial would not do.
Adam had a propensity to take daring leaps of faith into Lake Ouachita, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a young age. The crew decided to capitalize on this location, and thought an underwater memorial would be a fitting tribute to a man who often strayed from the norm.
Fearless Rock was placed on July 27, 2013, at Blakely Dam in Lake Ouachita, and the dedicated group of divers known as the “Fearless Rock Dive Team” travels down multiple times a year to clean and set new coins and other memorial items sent in from around the country on the engraved stone.
The memorial stone is open year-round and serves as a unique reminder of the sacrifice and courage of an outstanding father, son and Navy SEAL.