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|48k||Ensign Samuel Adams, USN. Photograph taken at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 31 January 1938, while he was in flight training.
Samuel Adams was born at Northampton, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1912. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1939. He joined Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) on USS Yorktown (CV-5) in May 1939 and served with that unit through the first six months of the Pacific war. On 4 June 1942, during a Battle of Midway scouting flight, Lieutenant Adams located the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu, a vital contribution to the destruction of that ship. On the following day, while attacking the Japanese destroyer Tanikaze, he lost his life when his SBD aircraft was shot down. Lieutenant Samuel Adams was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Midway.
Photograph from the Bureau of Personnel Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
National Archives photo 80-PA-1A-22
|Naval Historical Center|
|USS Adams (DM 27)|
|99k||Off San Francisco, CA 2 May 1945.
She is painted in what is probably Measure 22 camouflage, Navy blue (lower color) and Haze Grey (upper color)
Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
U.S. Navy photo NH 77371.
|Original photo: Dana Welch
Replacement photo: Naval Historical Center
|62k||Adams (DM-27) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., late June 1945, following repairs from
National Archives photo 19-N-86927
|133k||Stern view of Adams off Mare Island on 28 June 1945.
U.S. Navy photo 4932-45
|147k||Bow on view of Adams in Mare Island channel on 28 June 1945. Mare Island Ammunition Depot is in
U.S. Navy photo 4936-45
|68k||28 June 1945
Off Mare Island
National Archives photo
|335k||Aft plan view of Adams at Mare Island on 2 July 1945. She was under going repairs at the yard from 7 May to 4 July 1945|
U.S. Navy photo 5063-45
|283k||Forward plan view of Adams at Mare Island on 2 July 1945
U.S. Navy photo 5065-45
|93k||c. September 1946
Mare Island Navy Yard
U.S. Navy photo
|117k||Stern view of Adams off Mare Island on 23 September 1946
U.S. Navy photo 3411-46
|102k||Broadside view of Adams off Mare Island on 23 September 1946. She was under going repairs at the yard from 29 July to 28 September 1946
U.S. Navy photo 3413-46
|136k||Bow on view of Adams departing Mare Island on 23 September 1946
U.S. Navy photo 3415-46
|105k||25 September 1946
Mare Island Navy Yard.
U.S. Navy photo
|01||CDR Henry Jacques Armstrong, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1927|
Retired as Rear Admiral
|10 October 1944 - 7 May 1945|
|02||CDR Donald Noble Clay, USN - USNA Class of 1935||7 May 1945 - 20 November 1945|
|03||CDR Gerald Louis Christie, USN - USNA Class of 1935||20 November 1945 - 20 December 1946|
|04||CDR George Marvin Price, USN - USNA Class of 1933||20 December 1946 - 29 January 1947|
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the
for service as follows
"For outstanding heroism in action while serving as Flagship of Mine Division EIGHT during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from March 24 to April 1, 1945. Operating in dangerous waters protected by enemy mines and numerous suicide craft, the U.S.S. ADAMS rendered distinctive service in providing effective air cover for our minesweeper groups against hostile attack by air, surface, submarine and shore fire. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and read for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to down seven planes and one probable. Severally damaged by a near miss when three enemy planes attacked on April 1, the U.S.S. ADAMS, by her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed to the success of the Okinawa invasion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. ADAMS from March 24 to April 1, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
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