Adams, Victor Ray, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
A462X0-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1970-1975, 1st Helicopter Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1975
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1938
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
Maryland

Date of Passing
Jun 01, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 2613

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Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Other Comments:

  • Victor Adams's helicopter was shot down during a mission to rescue a trapped Six-Man Special Forces Long Range Reconnaissance patrol. The six men were subsequently rescued by Captain James Fleming, pilot of a transport helicopter, and Captain Fleming was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor for this action. UH-1F Pilot Major Leonard Gonzales was also awarded the Air Force Cross for his own role in the rescue. After his Vietnam War service Victor Adams flew VIP helicopters in Washington, D.C., until his retirement from the U.S. Air Force on May 31, 1975.

Awards and Citations

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    Air Force Cross

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    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Technical Sergeant Victor R. Adams (AFSN: 13533712), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a UH-1F Helicopter Aerial Gunner of the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam, in action near Duc Co, Republic of Vietnam, on the night of 26 - 27 November 1968. On that date, Sergeant Adams' aircraft was shot down by hostile ground fire and crashed in dense jungle. Disregarding his own injuries and the imminence of hostile activity, he assisted the co-pilot from the burning helicopter and returned to rescue the trapped personnel. He succeeded in pulling another man from the wreckage, before the severity of the fire and subsequent explosions forced him to abandon further rescue efforts. Through his superb airmanship, aggressiveness, and extraordinary heroism, in the face of hostile forces, Sergeant Adams reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

    Action Date: November 26 - 27, 1968

    Service: Air Force

    Rank: Technical Sergeant

    Company: 20th Special Operations Squadron

    Division: Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam

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    I served with Vick Adams in 1st Helicopter unit back in early 70's ,, never heard him talk about Viet Nam other than he had been there and I had as well during same time frame . But then few of us ever did talk of those things.

    Benjamin Pritchard
    MSgt, (Ret.)

     


     
   
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Vietnam War
From Month/Year
January / 1955
To Month/Year
December / 1975

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1968
To Month/Year
December / 1969
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
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