US PARAS Adams, Jonathan Edward, Jr.

Secret War in Italy
By William Fowler

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Adams
  • FORENAME
Jonathan Edward, Jr. ("Jock")
  • UNIT
508 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Company A)
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
0-23833
  • AWARD
Silver Star, Silver Star with bronze oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star
  • PLACE
Europe
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Bangor, Maine
born 08.09.1917, Bangor, Maine, USA
father Jonathan Edward Adams (1893-1942)
mother Dorothy M. (nee Clement) Adams (1893-1952)
graduated West Point, class of 1941
retired as U.S. Army Colonel
died 20.09.1984, Aged 67, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania, USA. Section 11, Site 445
 

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) Jonathan Edwards Adams, Jr. (ASN: 0-23833), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action during the period 6 June 1944 to 11 June 1944, two miles Southeast of ******, France. On 6 June 1944, Captain Adams assumed control of an isolated group of men behind the enemy lines. Shortly after assuming command of this group, they were attacked in great strength by the enemy. Displaying exceptional skill and personal bravery, Captain Adams succeeded in pushing the enemy back with heavy losses. For five days, encircled and under almost continuous attack by numerically superior forces, Captain Adams held fast, refusing to surrender. His gallant example, cheerfulness under fire, and the skill he displayed in resisting all enemy attempts to dislodge the group, were an inspiration for the men under him. Their determined resistance hampered all enemy movement in that area until the group was finally relieved by a friendly unit. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

Silver Star (Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster ) : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) Jonathan Edwards Adams, Jr. (ASN: 0-23833), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action at ****, Holland, from 17 to 19 September 1944. Captain Adams, Company Commander, voluntarily led a combat patrol whose mission was to destroy a building which was reported to be the control station controlling the demolitions intended for the destruction of the vital highway bridge across the Waal River. Captain Adams led his patrol through the enemy lines during the height of a fire fight, proceeded five hundred yards into an enemy sector, attacked and captured the control station, killing twenty-five Germans. Following this action, the group found itself surrounded. Displaying indomitable audacity and personal courage, Captain Adams refused to surrender and held off the enemy for two days until a friendly force broke through to relieve him. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/90164

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/257918/jonathan-edward-adams
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