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Adams, John Porter

Rank/Name, Colonel John Porter Adams.

Unit/placed, POW & MP Det. HQ USMC Wash. DC., United States Marine Corps.

He took command over the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines,when the Japanese forces attacked, but was taken Prisoner by the Japanese on the Philipinne Islands on May 8, 1942 and died on board the Hellship Enoura Maru on Jan. 9, 1945.


John was born  on July 19, 1893 in New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania.


Father, John R. Adams, Mother, Mary E. (Owens) Adams.

Wife, Edna P. (De Sanchez) Adams, Son, John P. Adams Jr.


John entered  the service from Pennsylvania with service number # 0-000004.


John P. Adams died on board the Hellship Enoura Maru when it was torpedoed and Sunk, on Jan. 9, 1945, and he is honored with the Purple Heart.


Thanks to http://www.powtaiwan.org/archives_detail.php?THE-STORY-OF-THE-BOMBING-OF-THE-ENOURA-MARU-17   Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/


Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel John Porter Adams United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as District Marine Officer, SIXTEENTH Naval District, Cavite (P.I.) Navy Yard, during the bombardment and occupation of the Philippine Islands by enemy Japanese forces beginning on 10 December 1941. Courageous and untiring under repeated and sustained hostile bombing and strafing attacks, Lieutenant Colonel Adams rendered valiant service during the gallant stand by our forces against a prolonged and determined siege by the Japanese. His inspiring leadership, outstanding fortitude and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

3rd Battalion, Fourth Marines
Hellship"Enoura Maru"
Navy Cross
John P. Adams
His rank Colonel