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James Herbert Adams
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1922
Brown County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 2012
Washington, USA

James Herbert Adams passed away October 9, 2012 at the age of 89. He was born on November 19, 1922 on a farm outside of Cooperstown, Ill. The only child of Dwight and Hallie Adams. He graduated from Mt. Sterling High School in Brown County Ill. Then served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard during WWII. Honorably discharged, he then attended University of Illinois, graduating with an Engineering degree.

He married Mary M. Veith and together they enjoyed 43 years of marriage until her passing in 1991. He retired from Boeing after a long carrier. He is survived by daughter and son, Jacquelyn and William, and Granddaughters Emerald and Autumn.

Published in the Seattle Times on 10-14-2012.

The following is from FAG member sticksandstones (#46888135)


James H. "Jim" Adams walked his first guard duty clutching an empty Springfield, bayonet fixed, on December 7, 1941, at the Indianapolis Naval Armory, almost five months after being sworn into the Naval Reserve July 24, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri.

At the time of his first watch, Jim, fresh from boot camp training at Great Lakes Training Center, was enrolled in radio school at the Naval Armory. He graduated radio school February 28, 1942, and went on to attend signal school at Norton .Heights, Connecticut.

His first assignment out of the Brooklyn Armed Guard Center was aboard the SS MEANTICUT at Baltimore. The MEANTICUT sailed without escort to New York where it was struck amidships, port side, by a tanker. Jim was then reassigned aboard the SS JEFFERSON MYERS in April 12, 1942.

The ship arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 19, 1942, where a convoy was formed for Loch Long, Scotland. After six intermediate stops, including Iceland, the JEFFERSON went to London.

At London's Royal Albert Docks, 20 mm Oerlikon guns were installed. Leaving London for Hull through the English Channel, German E-Boats took out five of 12 ships in the convoy.

At Hull, crated truck bodies were loaded onto the JEFFERSON MYERS. The crates, along with wild seas, later combined to change the course of things for the JEFFERSON MYERS.

As the sea raged, the shifting crates prevented the crew from moving fore or aft. The order was given to lash down.
With the magnetic problems of the Artic, the JEFFERSON MYERS was alone and lost. On December 31, the Germans attacked with pocket battleship Lutzow, heavy cruiser Hipper, six destroyers and associated submarines in an action known as the Battle of the Barents Sea.

On January 16, 1943, accompanied by a Russian Ice-breaker, the JEFFERSON MYERS arrived at the primitive Russian port Molotovsk, 25 miles from Archangel.

The JEFFERSON MYERS departed the port for Murmansk February 13, 1943, and left Murmansk March 1. Junkers 88's attacked with limited results on March 5, following a submarine attack that felled several ships.

Jim next shipped out aboard the SS EDWARD N. HURLEY as a Mark 29 operator. The EDWARD N. HURLEY, reportedly carrying the largest load of ammunition thus far in the war, made 12 stops in the Mediterranean. German aircraft bombed and straffed the ship near Naples in late October 1943, but the HURLEY survived and returned to Hampton Roads January 3, 1944.

Back home again, Jim passed the Navy flight examination at Manhattan Cadet Selection Board January 29, 1944, then boarded the SS WILLIAM CUSHING bound for the Mediterranean February 2. The voyage was successful and the CUSHING returned to Norfolk May 6.

His next assignment was to officer training at Franklin and Marshall College. He was discharged one year later on September 22, 1945, at Bainbridge, Maryland.

Jim and his wife, Mary, lived the rest of his life together in Bellevue, Washington

(From US NAVY Armed Guard biographies)
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  Mary Margaret Veith Adams (1921 - 1991)
Sunset Hills Memorial Park
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Sunset Mausoleum, Cascade Court
Created by: Mary D
Record added: Oct 28, 2012
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James Herbert Adams
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