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WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS


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

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  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 5/26/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

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  • A Father Like Commander

    Posted on 12/7/01
    I met Major Adams the second day I was assigned to the 227th at Lie Khe. I liked him right from the start. I was a door gunner and flew many missions with him between September 1970 and May 1971. He was a strong commander and a gentle leader. I was 19 years old and looked to him for not only military guidance but direction in life as well. I was transferred to another unit one week before the tragedy. I have visited him at The Wall and I still think of him often. His life touched me in ways no one will ever know. I often visited with him at night and his responsiblity weighed heavy on him. We had a bond that few officers and enlisted men have. I believe he is in the loving arms of God and I hope someday to see him there and tell him how much he influenced my life.

    May God bless all who read this.



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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

    Posted on 3/19/01 - by CLAY MARSTON
    MAJOR


    WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS


    who served as a

    HELICOPTER PILOT

    with


    A / 227th ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY

    52nd AVIATION BATTALION

    17th AVIATION GROUP

    1st AVIATION BRIGADE


    and was a posthumous recipient of the


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    rests in honored glory at


    FORT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY

    plot number P-3831

    DENVER, COLORADO





    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

    AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE








    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

    was presented to his family

    on 8 August 1974

    at Blair House by the

    Vice-President of the United States

    Gerald R. Ford


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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 5/31/99 - by Fulton
    Medal of Honor

    ADAMS, WILLIAM E.


    Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army, A/227th 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, Missouri

    Born: 16 June 1939, Casper, Wyoming


    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 force. He made the decision with full knowledge that numerous anti-aircraft weapons were positioned around the base and that the clear weather would afford the enemy gunners an unobstructed view of all routes into the base. As he approached the base, the enemy gunners opened fire with heavy machine guns, 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 gun ships 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 the utmost credit on him and the U.S. Army.



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    --- General / Personal ---

    Last name: ADAMS

    First name: WILLIAM EDWARD

    Home of Record (official): FORT COLLINS

    State (official): CO

    Date of Birth: Friday, June 16, 1939

    Sex: Male

    Race: Caucasian

    Marital Status: Married

    --- Military ---

    Branch: Army

    Rank: MAJ

    Serial Number: 521482167

    Component: Regular

    Pay grade: O4

    MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 1983

    --- Action ---

    Start of Tour: Monday, July 6, 1970

    Date of Casualty: Tuesday, May 25, 1971

    Age at time of loss: 31

    Casualty type: (A3) Hostile, died while missing

    Reason: Air loss - Crashed on land (Pilot - Helicopter)

    Country: South VietNam

    Province: Kontum

    The Wall: Panel 03W - Row 054
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