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WILLIAM RAYMOND ADAMS


is honored on Panel 17W, Line 60 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • I was with you

    Posted on 6/11/18 - by Mike Hoover mhoover20@cox.net
    Bill, It has been nearly 50 years since that fateful day. I will never forget talking to you minutes before the crash. I got on one helicopter and you got on the one behind me. I got the news when landing on the Fire Support Base. We became good friends as you were from Ramsey, Illinois and I was from Brownstown. I remember you singing to us and you really did sound like Elvis. You loved to play the guitar and sing Elvis songs. I have not been to the Wall but hope to get there one day soon. Until then, buddy, rest in peace. I will always remember you.
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  • Now I Know

    Posted on 5/7/18 - by MAJ Matt Thornton, US Army Special Operations Command, Rish Khvor AFG
    Billy,

    After so many years I was the first one in the family to be able to go to the Wall and find you. I remember crying there for a long time, feeling like I owed that to you. Now, here in Afghanistan, I get it. Our family will never forget you...
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  • Help!

    Posted on 11/18/16 - by Tom Clark, Teacher ushistoryman@yahho.com
    We need your help! Since 1986, the students of Lake Central High School in Northwest Indiana have been researching men and women from the State of Indiana who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. We are the researchers for the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Of the1621 Vietnam casualties, we have located 1100+ families as of the date of this entry. We are now researching the men and women from the State of Illinois who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. If you have any information or photos that may help please contact us at the following: ushistoryman@yahoo.com
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/31/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    DEAR CPL. ADAMS.
    YOU HAD RECEIVED A POSTHUMOUS PROMOTION. SEEMS SO LITTLE FOR THE SACRIFICE YOU MADE.

    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AND REST IN PEACE.
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  • Final Mission of CPL William R. Adams

    Posted on 11/28/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On October 10, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-19524) from C Company, 227th Aviation Battalion, was involved in a troop ferry mission when it crashed, killing three crewmen and four passengers. The aircraft was on its final extraction mission. The route was from the pickup zone to Fire Support Base Deb. The established ACL (allowable cargo load) was 5 troops. The pickup zone could only accommodate one aircraft at a time. Aircraft 524 had previously taken out two sorties of troops to FSB Deb. On the third sortie five troops were loaded on the aircraft in the pickup zone. The aircraft landed on a heading of 190 degrees and picked up to a hover, moving slightly to the rear and up, for a 260 degree departure. While lifting out of the pickup zone, the main rotor blade struck a tree on the right side of the aircraft approximately 75 feet from the ground. The aircraft descended to the ground rolling slightly on its right side in a nose low attitude. Fire began immediately after crashing to the ground. The three lost crew members included pilot WO1 Thomas F. Brown Jr., crew chief CPL Robert L. Lazarus, and gunner SP4 Shelby M. Long. The four passengers who died were SGT William R. Godfrey, SP4 Larry G. Prewitt, SP4 Jose C. Salinas, and CPL William R. Adams. One crewman, the aircraft commander, and one passenger survived with injuries. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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The Wall of Faces

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