WILLIAM E ADAMS
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HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 54 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS

WALL NAME

WILLIAM E ADAMS

PANEL / LINE

3W/54

DATE OF BIRTH

06/16/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/25/1971

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LEFT FOR WILLIAM EDWARD ADAMS
POSTED ON 5.25.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran, WIA

Medal of Honor Award

Citation:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Major William Edward Adams, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with A/227 Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 25 May 1971. On that date, Major Adams volunteered to fly a lightly armed helicopter in an attempt to evacuate three 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 anti-aircraft 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. Major 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 United States Army.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Major William Edward Adams was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. He served as an Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to A/227TH AHB, 52ND AVN BN, 17TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Bronze Star Medal Award for Valor

Major William Edward Adams was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his exemplary courage in action. He served as an Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to A/227TH AHB, 52ND AVN BN, 17TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com
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POSTED ON 5.25.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Major William Edward Adams was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with three Oak Leaf Clusters, for his heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. He served as an Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to A/227TH AHB, 52ND AVN BN, 17TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com
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POSTED ON 4.7.2022
POSTED BY: Joe Bob

long ago, and far away...

His helicopter will always be spinning gracelessly,
into jungle and death
And no peace ever came from it...
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