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LEE AARON ADAMS


is honored on Panel 6E, Line 122 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of 1LT Lee A. Adams

    Posted on 12/2/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    1LT Lee A. Adams was a U.S. Air Force pilot of a Republic F-105D Thunderchief with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, assigned to the Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base (TRTAFB) in central Thailand. The 333rd supported the 355th TFW’s Operation Rolling Thunder strikes into North Vietnam, losing several aircraft and pilots during the increasing defenses around Hanoi in early 1966. On April 19, 1966, a combat flight mission consisted of a flight of four aircraft to Mugia Pass in North Vietnam. 1LT Adams was number four, radio call sign Volvo 4. This was his 90th combat mission, 10 more missions and he would be up for reassignment. According to official statements from flight leader CAPT James C. Sharp and wing man CAPT Straubinger, “The mission was uneventful and went as briefed leading up to the target.” After dropping their bombs on the target, they proceeded to reconnoiter the roads on “Route Package One.” While flying over the roads complex, 1LT Adams radioed a report that he had seen a truck pull off the road and tried to explain its location. The Wing Man said no one else was able to locate the spot so 1LT Adams was released to make the first pass. Volvo 4 then reported seeing two trucks on the road under camouflage. 1LT Adams turned the aircraft sharp and rolled in but was unable to get lined up for a strafing pass for his 20mm cannon. He said it was a bad pass and he was going up to try again. He returned for a more favorable pattern on his second pass, and dove the aircraft to pick up speed on a parallel course to the road. He pulled up sharply and rolled in on the trucks at a dive angle of 25 degrees. The Wing Man did the same maneuver and observed “a long burst from Volvo 4 tearing up the road and the two trucks.” The Wing Man glanced at his instruments. Lining up his own attack, he looked back and saw a large fireball, 1000 to 2000 feet up from the road. The Flight Leader asked for a flight check-in on the radio to determine who had crashed. He then made four low passes over the impact area but could not see a parachute nor did he hear an emergency beeper. No transmissions were heard prior to the impact. The Flight Leader stated, “I do not believe 1LT Adams ejected from the aircraft before it impacted.” The crash site was 40 miles north of the DMZ, near Van Loc, west-northwest of Dong Hoi, in North Vietnam. Search and rescue attempts were called off due to hostile threats in the area. Volvo 1, 2, and 3 then returned to base without Volvo 4. In 1993, forensic experts from the POW/MIA Accounting Agency interviewed two Vietnamese informants who said they witnessed the militia shoot down the airplane on April 19, 1966. The witnesses said they recovered human leg bones, which they buried at the site. Several days later, a farmer told investigators he had uncovered the bones in 1982 while plowing his field. He gave the Americans a small fragment of one of the bones that he had recovered and saved in the ossuary, (a container for bones of the dead). Blood samples were taken from Adams’ two brothers and DNA analysis confirmed the identity. 1LT Aaron had been listed as Missing in Action until his remains were discovered, identified, and returned to his family in Willits, California in 2005. [Taken from the book “Our Gallant Men” by Dennis Miner]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/22/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    DEAR LT. ADAMS,
    THIS PAGE HAS YOUR STATUS AS MIA. I READ YOUR REMAINS WERE REPATRIATED ON OCTOBER 06, 1993, AND IDENTIFIED ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2005.
    WELCOME HOME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE,
    AND REST IN PEACE.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/17/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    First Lieutenant Lee Aaron Adams, Served with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
  • THE FLAG

    Posted on 11/2/15 - by KEVIN HARKINS cedso@comcast.net
    Sir, I fly the POW/MIA flag in my fornt yard 24/7 in honor of you. thank you for your service. I hope some day you

    will be returned to your family and your country. GOD bless you and i know all your landings now are in the wings

    of the Angles
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  • If I should die...remembrances for 1LT Lee Aaron ADAMS, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!!

    Posted on 9/15/15
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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