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  • If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. William Edward ADAMS, USA...who EARNED THE MEDAL OF HONOR!!!

    Posted on 11/28/10 - by
    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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  • An American hero

    Posted on 6/4/09 - by Arnold M. Huskins
    Photo courtesy of the Steamboat Pilot and Today, 4 June 2009
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE CAREER UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 10/27/07 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM

    HELICOPTER UH-1H 69-15704

    Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    The Army purchased this helicopter 0970

    Total flight hours at this point: 00000841

    Date: 05/25/71

    Incident number: 71052543.KIA

    Unit: A/227 AVN

    South Vietnam

    UTM grid coordinates: YB998176

    Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated:
    Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database.
    Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )

    Loss to Inventory

    Crew Members:

    P - MAJOR WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS KIA

    P - CAPTAIN JOHN DEHAAS CURRAN KIA

    CX - SP4 JOHN WAYNE LITTLETON KIA

    CE - SP4 MELVIN ROBINSON KIA

    G - SP4 DENNIS CHARLES DURAND KIA

    War Story:

    SP4 John Wayne Littleton was crew chief on 67-17760 for CPT Larry Dewey, member of the 92nd Avn Co.

    He survived this shoot down and crash of 67-17760 that killed CPT Dewey and SP4 Lubbehusen then escaped and evaded to Firebase 5 where he was rescued by MAJ Adams in 69-15704.

    69-15704 was then shot down killing all on board.

    This record was last updated on 08/18/00


    Name: MAJ WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS

    Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/25/71 while performing the duty of Pilot.

    Age at death: 31.9

    Date of Birth: 06/16/39

    Home City: Ft Collins, CO

    Service: FA branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.

    Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV

    Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade

    Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.

    The Wall location: 03W-054

    Short Summary:
    Shot down while trying to rescue SP5 Littleton from Firebase 5.
    Received the Medal of Honor.

    Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    Call sign: CHICKENMAN 6

    SSN: 521482167

    Country: South Vietnam

    MOS: 1983

    Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea

    Compliment cause: small arms fire

    Vehicle involved: helicopter

    Position in vehicle: pilot

    Vehicle ownership: government

    Started Tour: 07/06/70

    "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot

    The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim

    Length of service:

    Location: Kontum Province II Corps.

    Military grid coordinates of event: YB980170

    Additional information about this casualty:

    See Frank Tierney's feature article in the August, 1995 VHPA Newslette

    Reason: aircraft lost or crashed

    Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing


    Name: CPT JOHN DEHAAS CURRAN

    Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/25/71 while performing the duty of Pilot.

    Age at death: 25.0

    Date of Birth: 05/12/46

    Home City: Phoenix, AZ

    Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.

    Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV

    Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade

    Flight class: 69-30/69-22

    Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.

    The Wall location: 03W-054

    Short Summary:
    Shot down while trying to rescue SP5 Littleton from Firebase 5 with MAJ William Adams

    Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    Call sign: CHICKENMAN 3

    SSN: 527764640

    Country: South Vietnam

    MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)

    Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea

    Compliment cause: small arms fire

    Vehicle involved: helicopter

    Position in vehicle: co-pilot

    Vehicle ownership: government

    Started Tour: 07/15/70

    "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew

    The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim

    Length of service:


    Location: Kontum Province II Corps.

    Military grid coordinates of event: YB980170

    Reason: aircraft lost or crashed

    Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing


    Name: SP4 DENNIS CHARLES DURAND

    Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/25/71 while performing the duty of Gunner.

    Age at death: 20.4

    Date of Birth: 01/12/51

    Home City: Allen Park, MI

    Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.

    Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV

    Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade

    Service: U.S. Army.

    The Wall location: 03W-054

    Short Summary:
    Shot down while trying to rescue SP5 Littleton from Firebase 5 with MAJ William Adams

    Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    SSN: 372564889

    Country: South Vietnam

    MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

    Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea

    Compliment cause: small arms fire

    Vehicle involved: helicopter

    Position in vehicle: door gunner

    Vehicle ownership: government

    Started Tour: 02/11/70

    "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew

    The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim

    Length of service:

    Location: Kontum Province II Corps.

    Military grid coordinates of event: YB980170

    Reason: aircraft lost or crashed

    Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing


    Name: SP4 JOHN WAYNE LITTLETON

    Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/25/71 while performing the duty of Crew member passenger.

    Age at death: 18.9

    Date of Birth: 06/26/52

    Home City: Flagstaff, AZ

    Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.

    Unit: 92 AVN

    Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade

    Service: U.S. Army.

    The Wall location: 03W-054

    Short Summary:
    Was shot down earlier and E&Eed to Firebase 5.
    Died when rescue ship flown by MAJ William Adams was shot down.

    Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    SSN: 527847760

    Country: South Vietnam

    MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

    Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea

    Compliment cause: small arms fire

    Vehicle involved: helicopter

    Position in vehicle: passenger

    Vehicle ownership: government

    Started Tour: 01/13/71

    "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew

    The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim

    Length of service:


    Location: Kontum Province II Corps.

    Military grid coordinates of event: YB980170

    Additional information about this casualty:
    Was crew chief on 67-17760 for CPT Larry Dewey, member of the 92nd Avn Co.
    He survived the shoot down and crash of 67-17760 that killed CPT Dewey then escaped and evaded to Firebase 5 where he was rescued by MAJ Adams in 69-15704.
    69-15704 was then shot down killing all on board.
    From John Tucker, July 2000.

    Reason: aircraft lost or crashed

    Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing


    Name: SP4 MELVIN ROBINSON

    Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/25/71 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.

    Age at death: 20.9

    Date of Birth: 06/26/50

    Home City: Greenville, SC

    Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.

    Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV

    Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade

    Service: U.S. Army.

    The Wall location: 03W-055

    Short Summary:
    Shot down while trying to rescue SP5 Littleton from Firebase 5 with MAJ William Adams

    Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15704

    SSN: 248906378

    Country: South Vietnam

    MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer

    Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea

    Compliment cause: small arms fire

    Vehicle involved: helicopter

    Position in vehicle: crew chief

    Vehicle ownership: government

    Started Tour: 08/21/70

    "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew

    The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim

    Length of service: *

    Location: Kontum Province II Corps.

    Military grid coordinates of event: YB980170

    Reason: aircraft lost or crashed

    Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing

    This record was last updated on 12/10/95





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF MAJOR WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS, A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR, AN HONORED INDUCTEE INTO THE ARMY AVIATION HALL OF FAME

    Posted on 1/8/06 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    MAJOR

    WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS


    a posthumous recipient of the

    ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR


    was posthumously inducted into the


    ARMY AVIATION HALL OF FAME


    on 26 May 1990





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 6/18/05 - by Dave Avery averyds@carrollsweb.com
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Facta Non Verba
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