|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1944|
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
. C. ADCOCK DEATH REPORTED
Mrs. H. J. Entrekin has received a message stating that her grandson, S/Sgt. J. C. Adcock has been killed in action in the South Pacific. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Adcock, reside in Rayville, La.
Sgt. Adcock, known as "J. C.," was known in Poplarville, having attended junior high school here at the time Edmund Smith was superintendent. He was a member of the local football and softball teams. He later finished high school at Rayville, La. He was a student at Louisiana State Normal College when he enlisted in the Marine Corps about a month after Pearl Harbor.
During his service, he took part in the invasion of the Marshall Islands and other Pacific engagements.
In an account of his death the Richland Beacon News of Rayville, high tribute was paid him by his classmates one statement revealing much in summarizing J. C. as "He was a Christian." J. C. was a member of the Church of God and an active worker in the affairs of the church. His family has this memory of him to bring the deepest and lasting satisfaction of the life he lived.
THE WEEKLEY DEMOCRAT, Poplarville, Mississippi, Thursday, August 17, 1944
Thank you to Find A Grave contributor Barbara V for providing the obituary.
Later in the year his Captain wrote to his parents which was sent to his grandmother and published it follows:
LETTER EXPLAINS ADCOCK DEATH
Mrs. H. J. Entrekin of Poplarville received the following letter from Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Adcock, of Bayville, La. It was written by Captain W. J. Newstein concerning the death of their son, J. C. Adcock, who is a grandson of Mrs. Entrekin. The letter follows:
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Adcock"
"I regret very much that I have not written sooner, but due to the fact that our outfit was committed on Tinian immediately after the Saipan operation, and also due to the fact that after Tinian, we boarded ship for our present advanced base, I was unable to do so.
"The circumstances surrounding the death of your son are as follows;
"On June 16th, our unit was on the front lines. The enemy had for 26 hours continuously been shelling us with artillery and mortars. We were well dug in, but we were still suffering casualties. About 10 a. m. on the 16th, the enemy threw everything they had at us in an attempt to recapture our small beachhead. It was during a heavy enemy artillery barrage that the platoon that your son commanded began receiving heavy casualties. There weren't enough hospital corpsmen to help our wounded, so it became necessary for our officers and N. C. O's to pitch in and help. Your son was outstanding. Disregarding the enemy fire, he went from foxhole to foxhole of his men, encouraging and helping them. While he was so engaged, an enemy artillery shell landed very close to him and the concussion killed him instantly. We evacuated him, but he never came to. He gallantly gave his life so that many of his men could live.
After the Saipan operation and while we were reorganizing for the Tinian landing, I had the opportunity of visiting the 4th Division Cemetery. It is located just south of the town of Charon-Kanoa, about 400 yards from the beach, on the island of Saipan. The cemetery is a beautiful military one, and is dignified and very nice and in it lies your son. There is a white table over his grave and on it is the Marine Corps emblem together with his name and rank. I was unable to attend burial services, because we were still engaged in heavy fighting with the enemy. There was a dedication ceremony at which all high-ranking officers of both the 2nd and 4th division attended. The chaplain held memorial services for all our lost ones. It was very touching and very beautiful.
I knew your son when he joined our organization as a P. F. C., and I saw him go up the ladder to his rank of gunnery sergeant. I had planned to recommend him for a field commission as a 2nd lieutenant because of his great ability to lead and inspire men. He was an outstanding Marine and his loss was greatly felt throughout the later campaigns.
I know that his loss to you is great and can never be replaced. But to us that still remain in the theatre of operations, his loss is also great. His men worshiped him because of his constant concern over them, and utter disregard of his own personal safety as a result. He commanded a platoon, since our organization lost two of our officers the first day against our enemy. He did not fail in his mission. It was heartbreaking when we saw him give his life so gallantly. I know that words mean so little, when your loss is so great, but the words that I write concerning your son can never express adequately how I and the men feel."
If there is anything else that I might do in any way, please do not hesitate to ask.
William J. Weinstein,
THE WEEKLEY DEMOCRAT, Poplarville, Mississippi, Thursday, October 5, 1944
William Jackson Adcock (1896 - 1987)
Vallie P. Adcock (1896 - 1986)
Jack Clinton Adcock (1919 - 1944)
Harry D Adcock (1922 - 2010)*
James O. Adcock (1929 - 2013)*
GY SGT 23 MARINES 4 MARINE DIV
WORLD WAR II SSM-PH
Plot: Blk/sp: SE56:1
Created by: Karen Klemm Pinckard
Record added: Aug 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40963419