Adams, James, PltSgt

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Last Rank
Platoon Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
565-Police NCO
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 565, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)/H&S Co
Service Years
1925 - 1944

Platoon Sergeant

 
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Marshall Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section C, Row 0, Grave 599

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1925, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)2nd Marine RegimentMarine BarracksMARDET American Legation, Peking, China
2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)MarForResUSMC (United States Marine Corps)/Other Service BranchesRTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
24th Marine Regiment
  1925-1926, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
  1926-1928, 2nd Marine Regiment
  1928-1929, Marine Barracks Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, VA
  1929-1929, Marine Barracks Philadelphia, PA
  1929-1931, Marine Barracks New York Naval Yards
  1932-1933, 0311, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China/39th Company
  1933-1934, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China/B Company
  1935-1935, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/H&S Co
  1935-1936, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)/Echo Co
  1936-1936, Marine Barracks New York Naval Yards
  1936-1939, 4th Marine Corps Reserve Recruiting District
  1939-1943, 565, Broken Time
  1943-1943, 565, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/5th Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
  1943-1943, 707, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1943-1944, 565, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)/H&S Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1926-1928 US Occupation of Haiti
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
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Last Known Activity

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant James Adams (MCSN: 202198), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Headquarters Company, First Battalion, Twenty Fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division in combat against enemy Japanese forces during the invasion of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1 February 1944. Although his post as police sergeant did not require it, Platoon Sergeant Adams joined his comrades in the front lines and fought with skill and courage to dislodge the enemy from their entrenched positions along the northern beach of the island. On one occasion he and another Marine assaulted a connected series of trenches and a pillbox by alternately attacking the Japanese and acting as cover for each other until reaching positions approximately ten yards from the enemy emplacement. Fearlessly exposing himself to the Japanese, Platoon Sergeant Adams succeeded in destroying five of the hostile troops before he, himself, was killed. His extreme bravery and tenacious determination were an inspiration to his comrades and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 2540 (May 15, 1944)
Action Date: February 1, 1944
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Platoon Sergeant
Company: Headquarters Company
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 24th Marines
Division: 4th Marine Division

   
Comments/Citation
ADAMS, James, PltSgt 521/522/745/653/651/707/565     SN: 202198
Born: 15 May 1910
Enlisted: 03 Nov 1925; 15 Jan 1932;
Died: 01 Feb 1944 (KIA, Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands)
Interred:  National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI; Section C, Row 0, Site 599

Prior Service, United States Marine Corps, Nov 1925 to Nov 1940
Nov 1925 to Nov 1936, Cpl, USMC (Active duty)
Nov 1936 to Nov 1940, Sgt, USMCR (Reserves)
(See "Other News, Events and Photographs" section for a full Service Summary)

5th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Jan 1943 Sgt, 5thRecBn, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC "25Jan43; 26, jdfr ERD; 25, Ind DHS, New York, NY"
Apr 1943 Sgt, 5thRecBn, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC "6, to Hq&HqCo, RDep, Post"
Hq&Hq Company, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, SC
Apr 1943 Sgt, Hq&HqCo, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC "25Jan43; 6, jdfr 5th RecBn, RDep; 6 only & 17-30, Recruit Instr; 7-16, fur."
Jul 1943 PltSgt, Hq&HqCo, RDep, MB, Parris Island, SC "Recruit Instr"
 
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Oct 1943 PltSgt, HqCo, 1stBn, 24thMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "1-14, sk USNH, Santa Margarita Ranch, Post; 15-31, Police Sgt"
Jan 1944 PltSgt, HqCo, 1stBn, 24thMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA "565; 1-10, at Camp Pendleton"
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1944 PFC, HqCo, 1stBn, 24thMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field "565; 11, emb on board USS DU PAGE at San Diego, Calif.; 13, sailed therefrom.; 13-31, at sea enroute"
Feb 1944 PltSgt, HqCo, 1stBn, 24thMar, 4thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands) "565; 1, participated in battle of Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; 1, Killed in action"
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-1 star
World War II Victory Medal
Yangtze Service Medal
 
   
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