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S/Sgt. Nevel C. Adams


Born: 1 May 1907 - Madison County, Kentucky

Parents: John L. Adams & Sallie Daugherty-Adams

Siblings: 5 sisters, 3 brothers

Hometown: Union City, Kentucky

    - 1930 - family lived in Gary, Indiana 

Enlisted:

    - most likely enlisted in 1939

Reenlisted 7 October 1941 

Unit:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion

       - A Company deactivated and reactivated as 17th Ordnance Company

            - 19 August 1941 

    - 17th Ordnance Company
Note:  The decision for this move -  which had been made on August 15, 1941 - was the result of an event that took place in the summer of 1941.  A squadron of American fighters was flying over Lingayen Gulf, in the Philippines, when one of the pilots, who was flying at a lower altitude, noticed something odd.  He took his plane down and identified a flagged buoy in the water and saw another in the distance.  He came upon more buoys that lined up, in a straight line for 30 miles to the northwest, in the direction of an Japanese occupied island which was hundred of miles away.  The island had a large radio transmitter.  The squadron continued its flight plan south to Mariveles and returned to Clark Field.
     When the planes landed, it was too late to do anything that day.  The next day, when another squadron was sent to the area, the buoys had been picked up by a fishing boat - with a tarp on its deck - which was seen making its way to shore.   Since communication between the Air Corps and Navy was difficult, the boat escaped.  It was at that time the decision was made to build up the American military presence in the Philippines.

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

        - trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion 

Overseas Duty:

    - rode train to Ft. Mason, San Francisco, California
    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: Monday - 8 September 1941
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - about 3:00 P.M.
            - company remained behind at pier to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
 
Stationed:

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

            - serviced the tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions 

            - escaped to Corregidor - 9 April 1942

    - Battle of Corregidor

Prisoner of War:

    - 6 May 1942

POW Camps:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Cabanatuan
            - Philippine Army Base built for 91st Philippine Army Division
            - Japanese put it into use as POW camp
            - daily POW meal - 16 ounces of cooked rice, 4 ounces of vegetable oil, sweet potato or corn

Died:

    - Monday - 15 June 1942 - malaria

         - approximate time of death - 10:00 AM

        - Note: Roster kept at camp states that Nevel Adams died from dysentery

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

        - his remains and those of twelve other POWs could not be positively identified

Reburied:

     - 15 May 1952

         - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri

             - Section:  85   Site:  54 - 58



 

 

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