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Raymond Edwin Adams
Born (1923-10-02)October 2, 1923
Died February 9, 1996(1996-02-09) (aged 72)
Place of birth Texas
Place of death San Angelo, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Sergeant
Service number 18200396 (enlisted)
Unit Company F, 374th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Raymond Edwin Adams (2 October 1923 in Texas – 9 February 1996 in San Angelo, Texas) was a United States Army Sergeant who was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Raymond was born in Texas on October 2, 1923. He was living with his father (John W. Adams), sisters (Virginia, Willie, Ruby) and brother (Milton) in Edwards County, Texas in 1930. He had worked as an electrical machinery manufacturer before joining the military.

Military Service[edit | edit source]

He enlisted in the Army from Rock Springs, Texas on November 3, 1942 (ASN: 18200396). He served with Company F, 374th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division "Trailblazers" in Europe during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for heroic actions during the war. He was discharged from the military on October 20, 1945 as a Sergeant.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

On August 14, 1943 he married Betty J. Stanton and they would later have three children. His wife died on July 27, 2016.

Death[edit | edit source]

Raymond passed away on February 9, 1996 in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 72. He was buried in the Wall Cemetery in Wall, Texas.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Distinguished Service Cross citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Raymond E. Adams, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 374th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945, at Spicheren Heights, France. After taking strategic high ground, Sergeant Adams' squad, occupying the platoon's forward position, was subjected to machine gun fire which supported a two-company enemy counterattack. Sergeant Adams immediately crossed fifty yards of open terrain, firing and maneuvering as he advanced. Throwing a hand grenade into the machine gun position, he charged with fixed bayonet, killing the three-man crew. Quickly turning the captured gun on the advancing troops, he inflicted many casualties and disorganized the attack, After expending all ammunition, he destroyed the gun and led his squad against the enemy. His courageous action enabled his platoon to break the counterattack and hold its vital objective. Sergeant Adams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

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