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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 16/06/1939 Casper, Wyoming. d. 25/05/1971 Kontum, Vietnam.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/05/1971 Kontum, Vietnam.

 

Adams was born in Casper, Wyoming. He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, and graduated from Colorado State University in 1962. He joined the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Missouri, with the serial number 521482167. He began his tour in Vietnam on Monday, July 6, 1970.

 

MOH 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 a large enemy force. He made the decision with full knowledge that numerous antiaircraft 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 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 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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FORT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY, DENVER, COLORADO.

SECTION P, GRAVE 3831.

William Edward Adams

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