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JOHN TERRY ADAMS


is honored on Panel 8E, Line 50 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 6/16/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    John Terry Adams

    DATE OF BIRTH: 23-Jan-44

    HOME OF RECORD:
    Covington, Oklahoma

    On the date that he earned the Navy Cross, John Adams was part of an 18-man reconnaissance patrol under Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard, that engaged in enemy in actions that earned Howard the Medal of Honor, and earned Adams and three of his comrades the Navy Cross. The remaining men were awarded Silver Stars netting the 18-man patrol a combined total of 1 Medal of Honor, 4 Navy Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, and 18 Purple Hearts--perhaps making them the Most Decorated squad-size unit in Marine Corps history.

    Navy Cross
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Battalion: 1st Force Reconnaissance Battalion
    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal John Terry Adams (MCSN: 2033889), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Platoon, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 June 1966. Corporal Adams was a member of a reconnaissance team occupying an observation post on Hill 488, Quang Tin Province, deep in enemy controlled territory. During the early morning hours the platoon of eighteen men was subjected to an intense assault by an estimated North Vietnamese unit of battalion size. As the members of his team were withdrawing to a pre-designated defensive perimeter, Corporal Adams braved the withering small-arms fire and returned accurate rifle fire which momentarily slowed the enemy assault force and enabled his companions to reach the relative safety of the defensive position. Firing all his ammunition, Corporal Adams fearlessly charged directly into the assaulting horde and, using his rifle as a club, killed two of the enemy soldiers before he was struck down by automatic weapons fire. Severely wounded, he once again engaged an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat and, in a final effort, killed his foe. As a result of his courageous action and fighting spirit, his comrades were able to rally and withstand the onslaught of the numerically superior enemy. Corporal Adams upheld the finest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/21/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    DEAR LCPL. ADAMS,
    THERE ARE SO MANY REMEMBRANCES FOR YOU. MY BROTHER-IN-LAW WAS ALSO LOST IN QUANG TRI.
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AND REST IN PEACE.

    SEMPER FI.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/17/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Lance Corporal John Terry Adams, Served with the 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • My Hero

    Posted on 11/11/15
    Thank you for your sacrifice . I think of you often. You were my best friend and first love. You will always have a place in my heart. Rest in peace my friend
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  • Howard's Hill

    Posted on 10/25/14 - by Linda Morical
    The battle for Howard's Hill (Hill 488) can be read in the book "Small Unit Action in Vietnam, Summer 1966" by Captain Francis J. West Jr., USMCR, published 1967. John Adams is mentioned by name on page 32.
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