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Adams, George Earl, Jr., 1923-1996



  • Existence: 1923-1996

Biographical Note

George Earl Adams, Jr. was born March 23, 1923 in Kansas. Adams, Jr. was accepted for flight training with the Army Air Force in 1943, and volunteered for Photo Reconnaissance duty. During his training and throughout the war he flew in a variety of aircraft, including North American AT-6 Texans and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings.

During 1944-1945, Adams, Jr. flew 68 missions with the 30th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. He received the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

After being discharged from the Air Force in 1946, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture. In the following decades, Adams, Jr. farmed and continued his service through work with the National Guard. He retired from the Kansas National Guard as a Major on the Brigade Staff at Forbes Field (Topeka, Kansas).

Adams and his first wife, Yvonne Cassidy Adams, had eleven children (three died in infancy). Yvonne passed away in February 1982. In July 1983, he married Ramona Kuhn Adams. After retiring in 1984, he and Ramona moved to Puyallup, Washington and ran a small berry farm. The couple ran the farm until they moved to Sumner, Washington in the early 1990s. George Earl Adams, Jr. died in Sumner, Washington on August 17, 1996.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

George E. Adams, Jr. Papers and Photographs

Identifier: 2002-03-15
Abstract Collection of materials related to the military service of Second Lieutenant George E. Adams Jr., who served as a reconnaissance pilot in World War II.

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