CARROLL E ADAMS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 21 OF THE WALL

CARROLL EDWARD ADAMS JR

WALL NAME

CARROLL E ADAMS JR

PANEL / LINE

10W/21

DATE OF BIRTH

06/07/1923

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/12/1970

HOME OF RECORD

PAWTUCKET

COUNTY OF RECORD

Providence County

STATE

RI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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LEFT FOR CARROLL EDWARD ADAMS JR
POSTED ON 5.12.2003

thank you

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POSTED ON 6.26.2002
POSTED BY: robert ojendyk

A Remembrance of BGEN Carroll Edward Adams Jr

For BGEN Carroll Edward Adams Jr a true officer and leader who made
the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country. May God bless him.

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POSTED ON 6.4.2002
POSTED BY: Burrillville High School Student

In Remembrance

I read that you, prior to volunteering for the Vietnam War, attended Brown University, as well as West Point. You must have been an intelligent man when you were appointed Brigade General after only one year of service. I have an incredible amount of respect for your efforts in the Vietnam War- for our country and the freedom of mankind.

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POSTED ON 4.25.2002

If I should die...remembrances for BGEN. Carroll Edward ADAMS, JR, USA...a hero who gave his all!!!

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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POSTED ON 4.25.2002
POSTED BY: LTC William F. Adams

BG Carroll E. Adams

Brigadier General Carroll E. Adams, Jr. graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1945. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served various tours in Hawaii, Europe, the United States and the Canadian Arctic. His last tour of duty prior to volunteering for service in Vietnam was as the District Engineer, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

BG Adams departed for Vietnam in January, 1970 and assumed command of the 937th Engineer Group, a Corps-level Engineer group. The week before his death, his eldest son, 1LT Robert A. Adams was critically injured while rescuing the pilot and copilot of a Cobra attack helicopter which had crashed near his base. General Adams was able to see his son before his own fatal helicopter crash.

On May 12th, 1970, while conducting an inspection tour of his widely dispersed units, General Adams' helicopter came under hostile fire from a North Vietnamese antiaircraft machinegun and was shot down. Only one person on board the helicopter, Command Sergeant Major Robert Elkey, survived the crash by jumping from the stricken aircraft as it fell to the earth.

General Adams was buried with full military honors at the West Point cemetary at the United States Military Academy. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ronne Adams, his daughter, Ronne Adams Israel, and his three sons, LTC (Ret.) Robert A. Adams (USMA '68), LTC (Ret.) Jonathan P. Adams (USMA '74) and LTC William F. Adams (USMA '81).

General Adams left behind a legacy of compassion and engendering strong loyalty in all who knew and served under him. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District renamed a survey vessel the "Adams" in his honor in 1972. When that vessel was retired from service in 1997, the District commissioned its replacement, the "Adams II" in his honor. The State of Massachusetts dedicated a intersection in his memory on Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, near his boyhood home in Charlemont, Massachusetts. His name is also inscribed on a memorial plaque of West Point graduates killed in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts in Cullum Hall at West Point. The command building of the 937th Engineer Group, now stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, was named Adams Hall in his honor.

In 25 years of selfless service to our nation, General Adams epitomized the West Point motto, "Duty, Honor, Country."
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