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William Edward Adams

Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the war in Vietnam in the United States Army as a Major and helicopter pilot in the A/227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on May 25, 1971. His citation reads "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. Maj. 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 U S. Army". His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family by Vice-President Gerald Ford on August 8, 1974.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Adams (16 Jun 1939–25 May 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19447, citing Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .