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Adams, James Wilbur

Name and Rank, Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class James Wilbur Adams.

Unit/placed in, Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44) “Golden Pelicans”.


James was born approx. on Feb. 13, 1925 in Alameda County, California.

Mother, Henrietta (Ackerman) Adams .

Half-brother’s, William and Edward Learned.

Wife, Emma V. Adams.


James entered  the service from Colorado with service number # 6186451.


James‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a PB4Y-5 were,

LtJg.            Robert S. Whitman Jr.       Pilot

Ensign          Walter H. Mosley               Co Pilot

Ensign          Lee C. McCleary                Navigator

Ensign          Jack H. Camp                   Observer

Aom2.          Philip L. Fulghum              Radio Operator

Acrm.           James W. Adams               Engineer

Amm1.         Virgil M. Marsh                 Gunner

Amm2.         Clarence J. Norby Jr.         Gunner

Rm3.            William H. O’Farrell           Gunner

Amm?          John C. Weeks                  Gunner

James was Killed in Action when on the mission he was shot down at the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


James is mentioned/buried at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the Missing.


Thanks to http://www.vp44goldenpelicans.com/VP-44%20Ford%20Island%20&%20Midway.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44)
Henderson Field (East Midway)
James Wilbur Adams
His rank Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class