Adams, Milton Lee, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 131X, VBF-94
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburgh, PA
Last Address
712 Riverside Dr
Pittsburgh, PA

Casualty Date
Jul 18, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS Jacksonville FLUSS Lexington (CV-16)VBF-94
  1942-1943, 131X, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1945-1945, 131X, VBF-94
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 02, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Oct 21, 1942, Designated as an Aviation Cadet
  Feb 27, 1943, Graduated from Advanced Flight Training1
  Apr 14, 1944, Flier Wins Air Medal1
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  May 26, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Apr 10, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Milton Adams enlisted in the Navy Reserves on February 8, 1942. He was stationed at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Boston until July 1942. He became an Aviation Cadet and attended all of his flight training at NAS Jacksonville, FL. When he graduated the course, he was given his Aviator Wings and Commissioned as an Ensign.

LTJG Adams was flying a mission in his F4U-4 during the US attacks against the Yokosuka Navy Yard in Tokyo, Japan on July 18, 1945. His plane was shot down; however, the exact details are not known. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service numbers:  Enlisted - 6521934   Officer - 156983

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Milton Lee Adams (NSN: 0-156983), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pilot in Bombing-Fighting Squadron NINETY-FOUR (VBF-94), on 14 July 1945. As a Division Leader, Lieutenant, Junior Grade Adams led his flight in a rocket and strafing attack against an enemy armed trawler off the southeastern coast of
Hokkaido. During the ensuing action he pressed home his attack at extremely low level and in the face of accurate, medium anti-aircraft fire, scoring four direct rocket hits on the ship, setting it afire and causing it to be beached, half-submerged. His leadership and skillful airmanship on this occasion were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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