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WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS


is honored on Panel 3W, Line 54 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    Posted on 4/24/13 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org

    SP4 John W. Littleton was crew chief on 67-17760 for CAPT Larry Dewey, member of the 92nd Aviation Company. SP4 Littleton survived the shoot down and crash of 67-17760 that killed CAPT Dewey and SP4 Lubbehusen, then escaped and evaded to Firebase 5 where he was rescued by MAJ William E. Adams in 69-15704. MAJ Adam’s helicopter was then shot down, killing all on board. Crew included co-pilot CAPT John D. Curran, crew chief SP4 Melvin Robinson, and gunner SP4 Dennis C Durand plus passenger SP4 Littleton. (From John Tucker, July 2000) Citation received by MAJ Adams (posthumously): ADAMS, WILLIAM E. RANK AND ORGANIZATION: Major, U.S. Army, A227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. PLACE AND DATE: Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 May 1971. ENTERED SERVICE AT: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 16 June 1939, Casper, Wyo. CITATION: Maj. Adams distinguished himself on 25 May 1971 while serving as a helicopter pilot in Kontum Province in the Republic of Vietnam. On that date, Maj. Adams volunteered to fly a lightly armed helicopter in an attempt to evacuate 3 seriously wounded soldiers from a small fire base which was under attack by a large enemy force. He made the decision with full knowledge that numerous antiaircraft weapons were positioned around the base and that the clear weather would afford the enemy gunners unobstructed view of all routes into the base. As he approached the base, the enemy gunners opened fire with heavy machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Undaunted by the fusillade, he continued his approach determined to accomplish the mission. Displaying tremendous courage under fire, he calmly directed the attacks of supporting gunships while maintaining absolute control of the helicopter he was flying. He landed the aircraft at the fire base despite the ever-increasing enemy fire and calmly waited until the wounded soldiers were placed on board. As his aircraft departed from the fire base, it was struck and seriously damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire and began descending. Flying with exceptional skill, he immediately regained control of the crippled aircraft and attempted a controlled landing. Despite his valiant efforts, the helicopter exploded, overturned, and plummeted to earth amid the hail of enemy fire. Maj. Adams' conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity, and humanitarian regard for his fellow man were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflected utmost credit on him and the U.S. Army. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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  • Photo

    Posted on 11/17/12

    (Photo Credit: his son Col John D. Adams)



    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 11/17/12

    (Photo Credit: his son Col John D. Adams)



    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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  • Salute to a Hero

    Posted on 5/25/12 - by Ed Cardon ed@epcsearchinternational.com
    No words of mine can add to what has already been said about your actions for which you were awarded the Medal of Honor. Courage and Honor are never out of season. Your bravery will be told as long as warriors commemorate their heroes. May the Lord grant you and your family, the peace which we all hope to find when we are called to our Maker
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  • A True Hero

    Posted on 4/12/11 - by N. DeMaio
    On the Date of June 16th 1939, William E. Adams; a man born and raised in a small town located in Wyoming was brought into the world. He graduated from Wentworth military Academy and was enlisted in the army on Monday July 6th, 1970. his official rank was Major, U.S. Army, A227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. He is worshipped in the US army as a perfect role model. On the date of May 25th 1971, while volunteering to fly a gunship into a firefight, William risked his life to bring home wounded solders when no other man would dare to go. Despite fire from machine gun emplacements and rockets, Adams succeeded in landing at the firebase while supporting helicopter gunships attacked the enemy positions. After take off, however, the helicopter was hit by fire. Adams momentarily regained control and attempted to land, however the helicopter exploded in mid air and crashed. Adams, who was 31 at the time, was killed.
    As a proud Army supporter, I am very proud to hear a story of such bravery. William impacted the lives of many of the men in the Army and he continues to stand today as a role model for the perfect soldier.
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