and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 30th Infantry,
3d Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near St. Die, France, 28 October
Entered service at: Port Arthur, Tex. Birth: Port
G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945.
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond
the call of duty on 28 October 1944, near St. Die, France. 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.