Adams, Stanley Taylor, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, HHC, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
Service Years
1942 - 1970


Lieutenant Colonel

Seven Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Desoto, Kansas
Last Address
Bend, Oregon

Date of Passing
Apr 19, 1999
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
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Not Specified

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24th Infantry Division

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Last Known Activity

Lt. Colonel Adams served in WWII, entering service on 25 October 1942, in North Africa and Italy, was wounded in combat.

During the Korean War, he served as a SFC with A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division when it went from from occupation duties in Japan to combat in Korea in 1950. He was given the rank of MSgt and shortly after receiving the MOH was given the commission of a 2nd Lieutenant. He made a career of the service, retiring in 1970.

He lived in Bend, Oregon following his retirement from his civilian occupation, passing away in the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Oregon in 1999.

He was interred with honors in the Williamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, Section H, Site 3623-0.
Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant [then Sergeant First Class] Stanley Taylor Adams, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Sesim-ni, Korea on 4 February 1951.

At approximately 0100 hours, Master Sergeant Adams' platoon, holding an outpost some 200 yards ahead of his company, came under a determined attack by an estimated 250 enemy troops. Intense small-arms, machinegun, and mortar fire from 3 sides pressed the platoon back against the main line of resistance. Observing approximately 150 hostile troops silhouetted against the skyline advancing against his platoon, Master Sergeant Adams leaped to his feet, urged his men to fix bayonets, and he, with 13 members of his platoon, charged this hostile force with indomitable courage. Within 50 yards of the enemy Master Sergeant Adams was knocked to the ground when pierced in the leg by an enemy bullet. He jumped to his feet and, ignoring his wound, continued on to close with the enemy when he was knocked down four times from the concussion of grenades which had bounced off his body. Shouting orders he charged the enemy positions and engaged them in hand-to-hand combat where man after man fell before his terrific onslaught with bayonet and rifle butt.

After nearly an hour of vicious action Master Sergeant Adams and his comrades routed the fanatical foe, killing over 50 and forcing the remainder to withdraw. Upon receiving orders that his battalion was moving back he provided cover fire while his men withdrew. Master Sergeant Adams' superb leadership, incredible courage, and consummate devotion to duty so inspired his comrades that the enemy attack was completely thwarted, saving his battalion from possible disaster.

His sustained personal bravery and indomitable fighting spirit against overwhelming odds reflect the utmost glory upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the Infantry and the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 66 (August 2, 1951) Action Date: 4-Feb-51
Service: Army
Rank: Master Sergeant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 19th Infantry Regiment
Division: 24th Infantry DivisionSee Notes
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24th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
  1950-1951, 1745, 24th Infantry Division
  1950-1951, HHC, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
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  1950-1953 Korean War1
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