Captain John Paul
Adams, USN, retired
February 20, 1919 -
March 15, 2011
Captain John Paul Adams, USN, retired, age 92, passed away on March 15, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio after a long struggle with Dementia.
Born February 20, 1919 in Horton, Kansas, he spent 32 years in the Navy. He earned his wings and commission June 1941. He reported to Fighter Squadron 42 in the fall of 1941. While embarked in USS Yorktown (CV-5), he participated in the initial air actions of World War II in the Pacific, including the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway. Captain Adams was credited with shooting down three Japanese planes.
After the Battle of the Midway he returned to the States and spent two years as a VF instructor. He then returned to combat in VF-88 flying from the second Yorktown. Captains Adams' combat decorations include: Navy Cross w/Gold Star; Silver Star; Distinguished Flying Cross; Presidential Unit Citation w/Star; Air Medal w/Gold Star.
Retiring in July 1972, Captain Adams became associated with the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, serving as a Vice President. He managed the Foundation bookstore for ten years. During this time he lived in Innerarity Point growing camellias, composing poems and painting acrylics of his beloved flowers. Visitors to the museum would be treated to his witty poems, stories of Navy flying and beautiful flowers whether fresh or preserved in his paintings. When not in the museum he could be found on the golf course with fellow Navy buddies attempting to direct little white balls into their appropriate holes using the least number of strokes.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Palmer Adams, who died on March 31, 2010.
He is survived by his only child, Jane DeLette Adams, CDR, USN, retired, his two granddaughters and his four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned at the Committal Shelter Number 3 at Barrancas Cemetery Naval Air Station on May 16, 2011 at 1015.
Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 15, 2011
CAPT US NAVY
WORLD WAR II
NAVY CROSS (2)
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS