Adams, John Carver, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
Service Years
1914 - 1918



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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Portland, Oregon

Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1918
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
World War I
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section South, Site 4167 N.H

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War I Fallen
  1918, World War I Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Garrison, Fort Leavenworth, KS30th Infantry 3rd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
  1917-1917, 1542, US Army Garrison, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  1917-1918, 1542, HHC
  1918-1918, 1542, 3rd Infantry Division
  1918-1918, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1916 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1918-1918 Champagne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Prior to WWI, Capt. Adams had served as a cavalryman along the border with Mexico when he was 18.
He had joined the Militia at Portland, Oregon.

"August 24, 1918 - Captain John Adams, 30th Infantry, was reported killed in action by the War Department this week. His name has not appeared in the casualty list. Captain Adams met his death July 25, 1918, leading his company into action on the Marne salient. He was 23 years old, and has a brother in the service, Lt. R. Ranney Adams. Captain Adams was the son of Mrs. Katherine Adams, of the Crockett House, and a nephew of D. Anthony Usina. Mrs. Adams received notice in February 1919, that her son had been posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.


The message says the award is made "for extraordinary heroism in action at Chateau Thierry, July 15." Captain Adams was only 22 years old when he was killed at the second Battle of the Marne on July 25, ten days later. He enlisted in the Militia in Portland, Oregon, when 18 years old and went to the Border as a Cavalryman. He passed the examinations for a commission while there and was then sent to Fort Leavenworth where he was graduated and commissioned a Lieutenant in July 1917. Transferred to Syracuse, he was assigned to the 30th Infantry and went to Camp Greene.


He was promoted to captain and went abroad February 25, 1918, ahead of his regiment for further instruction. He got into action about the middle of May and continued until his death. Unofficial word that the Distinguished Service Cross was to be awarded to her son was received by Mrs. Adams several months ago from his commanding officer, Colonel Jeunet, who wrote that Captain Adams's Company had not retreated an inch in the Hun attack at Chateau Thierry, but had taken prisoners, and that the Captain had shown most extraordinary bravery and coolness on many occasions. Although never a resident of Nutley (New Jersey), Captain Adams was well-known here."



To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


ADAMS, JOHN C.Captain, U.S. Army


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Adams, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Crezancy, France, July 15, 1918.

Captain Adams was gassed to such an extent that he vomited several times in his gas mask and had to lie on top of his dugout under heavy shell fire to get sufficient air. He refused to leave his post for medical treatment and remained to direct the movements of his company during the entire day. He was killed in action July 25, 1918.

Home: Portland, Oregon
30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
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