John W. Adams

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Hamich, Germany, 18 November 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)

Citation: Private First Class John W. Adams, 36697710, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 18 November 1944, in Germany. When a strong enemy force assaulted his position, Private First Class Adams poured withering machine gun fire into the advancing foe, halting the attack. A second wave of Germans charged his position. Alone and greatly outnumbered, Private First Class Adams held his ground against this second fanatical attack and continued to fire until his position was overrun, and he, himself was killed by enemy grenades exploding in his emplacement. By his superb heroism and unflinching valor, Private First Class Adams successfully delayed the enemy penetration until reinforcements were brought forward. Entered military service from Illinois.

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