|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1947|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1978|
A Note from The Virtual Wall
The 374th Tactical Airlift Squadron maintained a detachment of C-130 aircraft at Ubon RTAFB for flare-dropping missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail - the flares allowed tactical aircraft to identify and prosecute ground targets at night. The C-130s used the call sign "BLIND BAT".
On the night of 22 May 1968 a BLIND BAT aircraft, C-130 tail number 56-0477, failed to return from a mission over southern Laos. Although no trace of the crew was found by search-and-rescue teams, there was evidence the aircraft went down near Muang Nong, about 20 miles southwest of the A Shau Valley. On conclusion of the SAR effort the nine men aboard were classed as Missing in Action. They remained and were promoted in that status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them. The nine men aboard the C-130 were (PFod dates are shown in parentheses):
41st Tac Alft Sqdn, 374th Tac Alft Wing
Col William H. Mason, Camden, AR (10/09/1980)
Major William T. Mc Phail, Chattanooga, TN (06/29/1978)
Major Thomas B. Mitchell, Littleton, CO (02/27/1975)
CMSgt Calvin C. Glover, Steubenville, OH (06/29/1978)
CMSgt Melvin D. Rash, Yorktown, VA (06/29/1978)
SMSgt John Q. Adam, Bethel, KS (06/21/1978)
SMSgt Gary Pate, Brooks, GA (01/09/1975)
23rd TASS, 504th Tac Air Spt Grp
LtCol Jerry L. Chambers, Muskogee, OK (08/12/1976)
374th Field Maint Sqdn, 374th Tac Alft Wing
CMSgt Thomas E. Knebel, Midway, AR (06/29/1978)
Funeral Services for CMSGT John Q. Adam, 20, who was shot down over Vietnam on May 22, 1968, will be 2 P.M. Monday, July 27, 2009, at the Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N.94th St., Kansas City, Kan. Interment will follow with full military honors in Chapel Hill memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Ks. Visitatation will be held from 9 A.M. until 6 P.M. on Sunday, July 26, at the funeral home., with the family in attendance from 2-4 P.M. The family requests that any contributions be made to the National League of Families of Wounded Warriors.
John was born Dec.22, 1947, in Kansas City, Ks, to Kenneth W. and Esther R. (Tolly) Adam. He was a 1966 graduate of Washington High School, where he played the bass clarinet. He was a member of Grandview United Methodist church, and he loved riding horses. he always wanted to fly, so he joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduating high school and he became loadmaster on a C-130. After his plane was shot down, he was listed as Missing in Action, and he was declared deceased on June 29, 1978. At the time he was survived by his mother,but she passed away in 1999. Current survivors include his father and two sisters.
Kenneth W Adam (1918 - 2012)
Esther R. Adam (1917 - 1999)
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Created by: Gaylon Hemphill
Record added: Feb 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105607523
I still have a POW bracelet with your name on it. I always include you in my daily prayers. You will never be forgotten.|
Added: Dec. 22, 2015
patricia daudelin mccraney
Added: Aug. 2, 2015
You left this earth 47 years ago today, but I'm sure you are still greatly missed by many people. Thank you for your sacrifice|
Added: May. 22, 2015
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