Adams, Curtis, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
657-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 333rd Field Artillery Battalion
Service Years
1942 - 1944


Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Dec 17, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
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Combat Medical 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
333rd Field Artillery Battalion
  1944-1944, 333rd Field Artillery Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
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Last Known Activity
The Wereth Eleven

Pvt. Curtis Adams was a medic from South Carolina who served in the U.S. Army's all-black 333rd Field Artillery Battalion,.  Served in Liege, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge (the Ardennes Offensive). He was captured and murdered by German troops during the Battle of the Bulge.

Paraphrased from an article in Tulsa World newspaper:

"It was on the second day of the Battle of the Bulge when [he and 10 other black soldiers], faced with an onslaught of Germans [1st SS Panzer Division], became separated from their unit and found their way to the home of Mathius and Maria Langer [at Wereth, a small farming village in southeastern Belgium]."

"The couple took the shivering soldiers into their home and were preparing to feed them when Nazi troops arrived after being alerted by a German sympathizer. The 11 were forced outside and were made to sit on an icy road for two hours before they were marched into a frozen field, where they were butchered by troops bent on amusing themselves with the agony of others."

"Their bodies, covered by ensuing snowstorms, remained at that spot for two months until villagers notified the U.S. Army about the massacre."

"The 11 were buried in temporary graves in Europe until 1947, when their families were contacted about permanent burial options... Seven of the dead are buried at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Liege, Belguim. The others were returned to the United States for burial."

"Earlier that day, 10 miles northwest of Wereth, at a crossroad near Malmedy, the most infamous massacre during the Battle of the Bulge occurred. More than 80 U.S. troops were captured by the same Nazi division and executed in an open field."

"But unlike at Malmedy, where the American troops were gunned down, the "Wereth 11," as they have come to be known, were maimed and tortured to death. An autopsy report on the 11 is ghastly: broken legs and arms, jaws shattered, fingers severed, bayonet wounds to the face and body and bullet wounds designed to inflict anguish rather than death."

"Unlike at Malmedy, where those responsible were brought to justice, the Germans who perpetrated the horror at Wereth were never found. The U.S. military investigated the Wereth killings but filed away its investigation in 1948. The file remained buried for five decades."

Those lost:
T/4. William Edward Pritchett
T/4 James A. Stewart
SSgtThomas J. Forte
Cpl. Mager Bradley
PFC George Davis
PFC James Leatherwood
PFC George W. Moten
PFC Due W. Turner
Pvt Curtis Adams
Pvt. Robert Green
Pvt. Nathanial Moss
Branch: Army
Enlistment Date: 28 Oct 1942
Enlistment Place: Ft Jackson Columbia South Carolina
Occupation: General farmersKIA during the Battle of Bulge

December 17, 1944 — BelgiumPrivate Curtis Adams was a member of the all-black 333rd Field Artillery Battalion(Heavy) when he was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge.  
The 333 FA Battalion was over-run by the heavily armored German forces.  

The 333FA suffered heavy casualties on December 17, 1944.  Eleven men of this unit are still buried at two American cemeteries in Belgium.  

Private Curtis Adams was buried in Plot C Row 11 Grave 41 at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

A war attrocity was associated with this battle and unit.  Eleven of the men of the 333 FA Battalion were captured and not killed in combat.  The Nazi-SS took the men to Wereth, Belgium where they brutally tortured them and killed them.  Six of these are still buried in Belgium with Pvt Adams but some have been returned to the US.  This incident is referred to as the "Wereth 11".
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