Adair, Edwin Ross, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
4960-Petroleum Products Supply Officer
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 4960, First Army (1st Army)
Service Years
1940 - 1945

Quartermaster Corps


Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Albion, Indiana
Last Address
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Date of Passing
May 05, 1983
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Fort Wayne, Indiana
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 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
 Post 910 Jerold W. Brown - R. Craig Stevens PostByron Cox
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 910 Jerold W. Brown - R. Craig Stevens Post (Lebanon, Indiana) - Chap. Page
  1945, American Legion, 72, Byron Cox (Indiana) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

CPT Adair was called to active duty shortly after Pearl Harbor, and assigned to the Armored Force at Fort Knox, KY. In March of 1943, he was sent to England as advance party for his unit. 

One day after D-Day, on 7 June 44, he landed with elements of 1st Army at Normandy, and was assigned to fuel supply for the 1st Army's drive to Germany. 

He stayed in this capacity through every campaign into the Central Europe campaign and was present at the Elbe River crossing.

Elbe Day, April 25, 1945, is the day Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe, near Torgau in Germany, marking an important step toward the end of World War II in Europe. This contact between the Soviets, advancing from the East, and the Americans, advancing from the West, meant that the two powers had effectively cut Germany in two.

On "Elbe day" the commander of the 69th Infantry Division of the First ArmyEmil F. Reinhardt, and the commander of the 58th Guards Rifle Division of the 5th Guards ArmyVladimir Rusakov, met at Torgau, southwest of Berlin. Arrangements were made for the formal "Handshake of Torgau" between Robertson and Silvashko in front of photographers the following day, April 27.

The Soviet, American, and British governments released simultaneous statements that evening in LondonMoscow, and Washington, reaffirming the determination of the three Allied powers to complete the destruction of the Third Reich.

After VE Day, his unit was rotated back to the states after a brief occupation duty stint.  He was then demobilized and discharged from active duty.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district

In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Edward H. Kruse
Succeeded by J. Edward Roush

United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
In office
July 8, 1971 – February 12, 1974
Preceded by William O. Hall
Succeeded by Arthur W. Hummel Jr.


Personal details

Born December 14, 1907
Died May 5, 1983 (aged 75)
Fort WayneIndiana
Political party Republican
Alma mater Hillsdale College, A.B.
George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Occupation Attorney
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Fort Knox, KYFirst Army (1st Army)
  1940-1941, USAR Control Group
  1942-1943, 4010, The Armored Force School (Staff) Fort Knox KY
  1943-1945, 4960, First Army (1st Army)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Elbe Day, April 25, 1945
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
 Colleges Attended 
Hillsdale CollegeGeorge Washington University
  1924-1928, Hillsdale College
  1930-1933, George Washington University
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