Bruce A. Adams family papers

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Bruce A. Adams family papers


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<emph render='bold'>Bruce Alan Adams</emph>
1946 September 11; Bruce Alan Adams was born in Horton, Kansas
1952-1960 Attended St. Leo’s Parish School in Horton, KS
1964 Graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School, Seneca, Kansas
1969 January 21; Received Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University
February 2; Commissioned to the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate
1970 Received Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University
February 14; Married Janice Opal Austin
1970-1971 August-February; Student, United States Army Adjutant General School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
1970-1978 On Active Duty
1971 August 6; Promoted to 1st Lieutenant
1974 July 15; Promoted to Captain
1978 April 24; Released from active duty upon personal request
November 29; Reassigned in the US Army Reserve
1982 August 15; Promoted to Major of US Army Reserve
1987 August 15; Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of US Army Reserve
1992 August 14; Promoted to Colonel of US Army Reserve
1998 October 2; Promoted to Brigadier General of US Army Reserve
2003 October; Retired from US Army Reserve
<emph render='bold'>George Earl Adams, Sr</emph>.
1891 October 10; George Earl Adams was born to Samuel Henry Adams, a New York born Kansas Farmer of Grasshopper Township, and Ida Hitchcock, a native of Scranton Pennsylvania.
1895 Samuel and Ida Adams moved with their children to California where they worked as farm laborers.
1913 Ida (divorced by the time) and George Adams returned to Kansas and settled in Grasshopper Township in Atchison County.
1917 August 13; During World War I, George Adams was drafted to the US Army and sent to Camp Funston, Fort Riley, to be trained as part of the 353rd Infantry Regiment. During the war, George Adams served as a member of the famous 140th Regiment, 35th Division, Company K, and participated in some of the bitterest fighting of the war for the Allied Expeditionary Force in the Alsace-Lorraine and Meuse-Argonne offensives.
1920 George Adams married Opal Agnes Keplar, a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. They had four children including Mrs. Hilde Charlene Stanberry of Laton, California; Edward Blair Adams; Mrs. Robert Julia Ann Page, of Gardner, Kansas; and George Earl Adams, Jr.
1958 February 23; George Adams, Sr. was featured in Atchison Daily Globe for his experimental work utilizing personal funds in terrace farming and soil conservation at his 400-acre Brush Creek Farm in Atchison County, Kansas.
1971 September 8; George E. Adams, Sr. died of a heart attack. A member of Horton Presbyterian Church and American Legion, he was buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
1982 January; Opal Adams died.

<emph render='bold'>George Earl Adams, Jr</emph>.
1923 March 23; Born in Horton, Kansas.
1941 Fall; Attended KSU and was a member of ATO fraternity
1943 February 2; Called to active duty and proceeded to Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri for pre-aviation cadet basic training. February-December; Attended training facilities and flight schools and Army bases in different parts of the country.
1944 March 12; Graduated from Army Advanced Flying School in Chandler, Arizona. Certified to fly B-25D, F-10, F-5A, B, C, and E, AT-6, 9, and P-38 airframes.
March 26: Assigned to Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for photo reconnaissance training.
July 15; Departed for England
Assigned to a P-38 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron under command of Colonel George W. Peck and Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Leghorn based in Middle Wallop, England. The unit had received a DUC (Distinguished Unit Citation) for reconnaissance operations conducted over Le Havre and the Straits of Dover (February 15 – March 20, 1944) in advance of the Normandy invasion, including low altitude flying in the face of intense flak.
Assisted First Army and other army groups in the “Breakout” from Normandy and their drive on towards Germany; Based in Le Molay, France in July and Toussus le Noble, France in August.
Due to heavy Allied air attacks, the enemy moved largely to nighttime troop movements during this period, forcing Allied command to adapt by sending P-38s on night intruder missions to identify their locations.
September; Ninth Air Force based in Gisselies, Belgium
September 3; While returning from a reconnaissance mission, his P-38 encountered heavy cloud cover and ran out of fuel. Landing in Mussidan (near Norannes), he made contact with French Resistance who hid the plane and, three days later, secured 120 gallons of gasoline for him. Upon lift off, the pilot again ran into bad weather, making navigation difficult, but he was able to return to his base.
September-December; Participated in the offensive against the Siegfried Line
1944-1945 December-January; Participated in the Battle of Bulge
1945 January 1; Volunteered to fly a photo reconnaissance mission in an unarmed and unarmored P-38 over the Ardennes battlefield near St. Vith at alt. 3,500 ft.
January-May; The Squadron photographed dams on the Roer River in preparation for the ground offensive and aided the allied assault across the Rhine River and into Germany.
March-July; Ninth Air Force based in different places in Germany
April 30; Awarded Eight Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
June 27; Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for January 1st aerial reconnaissance in an unarmed and unarmored plane
July; Ninth Air Force transferred to the United States
September 5; Sailed on the “Noordam” a Dutch liner, from Marseille to Newport News, Va.
October 10; Married Yvonne Kathleen Cassidy in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
November; Certified to fly B-17G, B-17A, L-4B, E-25D, and UC-78 airframes
December; Discharged from the United States Army
1948 June, Graduated KSU with a BS in agriculture
1948-1959 Farmed and taught a “Veterans on the Farm” training course in Horton, Kansas
1949 Joined the Kansas National Guard, 154th FA Battalion, Battery C
1960 Employed by Soil Conservation Service in Seneca, KS
1962 July, Transferred to Bismarck, ND, working in the Right of Way Division for the Service
1964 November 9; Raised to the permanent rank of Major in the Kansas National Guard
1965 Employed by Farmland Industries, managing a bulk blend fertilizer plant
1967 Retired with the rank of Major on the National Guard Brigade Staff at Topeka, Kansas
1969 Employed by the Bureau of Reclamation as a Soil Scientist, mapping soils for irrigation projects in Minot, ND
1981 February; Transferred to Grand Island, NE to be close to his ailing mother living in Kansas
1982 February; First wife, Yvonne, died.
1983 March 23; Retired from the United States Army
July; married Ramona Kuhn
1984 February; Retired from Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Island, Nebraska
Moved Puyallup, Washington and worked a small berry farm before moving to Sumner, Washington
1996 August 17; Died in Sumner, Washington

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Bruce A. Adams Family Papers include genealogical and biographical information, educational records, military records, personal correspondence, and numerous photographs of Kansas natives Bruce A. Adams (KSU Class of 1969), George Earl Adams Jr. (KSU Class of 1948), George Earl Adams Sr., and their families. Of particular interest are World War II documents and photographs of George E. Adams Jr. who served as a reconnaissance pilot in Europe in 1944-45. The 31-year distinguished military career of K-State ROTC graduate Brigadier General Bruce Adams is well represented in the collection by a wide range of documents including three large photo albums that reflect in detail General Adams’ education, military training, military service, and personal life. The collection can be of interest to researchers whose scholarship focuses on twentieth-century American history, Kansans in the military, descendants of Seneca County, New York, and Atchison County, Kansas.

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This collection received the accession number P2014.02.

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Acqusition Date: 20140101

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Preferred Citation: [item title], [item date], Bruce Adams papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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