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SSGT Lucian Adams

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SSGT Lucian Adams

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near St. Die, France, on October 28, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. When his company was stopped in its effort to drive through the Mortagne Forest to reopen the supply line to the isolated third battalion, S/Sgt. Adams braved the concentrated fire of machineguns in a lone assault on a force of German troops. Although his company had progressed less than 10 yards and had lost 3 killed and 6 wounded, S/Sgt. Adams charged forward dodging from tree to tree firing a borrowed BAR from the hip. Despite intense machinegun fire which the enemy directed at him and rifle grenades which struck the trees over his head showering him with broken twigs and branches, S/Sgt. Adams made his way to within 10 yards of the closest machinegun and killed the gunner with a hand grenade. An enemy soldier threw hand grenades at him from a position only 10 yards distant; however, S/Sgt. Adams dispatched him with a single burst of BAR fire. Charging into the vortex of the enemy fire, he killed another machinegunner at 15 yards range with a hand grenade and forced the surrender of 2 supporting infantrymen. Although the remainder of the German group concentrated the full force of its automatic weapons fire in a desperate effort to knock him out, he proceeded through the woods to find and exterminate 5 more of the enemy. Finally, when the third German machinegun opened up on him at a range of 20 yards, S/Sgt. Adams killed the gunner with BAR fire. In the course of the action, he personally killed 9 Germans, eliminated 3 enemy machineguns, vanquished a specialized force which was armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, cleared the woods of hostile elements, and reopened the severed supply lines to the assault companies of his battalion". His Medal was awarded to him on March 29, 1945.

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  • Originally Created by: Russ
  • Added: 2 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7323745
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Lucian Adams (22 Oct 1922–31 Mar 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7323745, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .