Adair, Charles L., RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1955-1956, 111X, Under Secretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV)/Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller) ASN (FM&C)
Service Years
1926 - 1956
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Iwo Jima
Neptune Subpoena
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1902
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Tyler
Last Address
Annapolis, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jul 02, 1993
 
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Command & Control Excellence Award


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationNaval Postgraduate School FoundationNaval Postgraduate School Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO)American Society of Military Comptrollers
  1926, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1935, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation
  1935, Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association [Verified]
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Amphibious Forces Veterans Association, US Navy [Verified]
  1956, Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO)
  1956, American Society of Military Comptrollers [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity

         Adair, Charles (1902-1993)
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Admiral Adair graduated from the Naval Academy in the class of 1926. Following assignments on board the Mississippi, Toucey, Blakeley, and Patoka, he studied communications at the Naval Postgraduate School. From 1935 to 1938 he served as radio officer on the staffs of Destroyer Squadrons Six and 14. After a staff assignment at the Naval Academy, he reported as flag lieutenant to Admiral Thomas Hart, Commander in Chief Asiatic Fleet, and was in that job when World War II broke out. He moved to Corregidor and then escaped to the Dutch East Indies as senior man on board the schooner Lanikai, sailing by night and hiding by day. From 1943 to 1945 he took part in the planning and execution of every major amphibious operation in the Southwest Pacific Area while serving on the staff of Rear Admiral Daniel Barbey, Commander Seventh Amphibious Force. After duty in OpNav and BuPers, he commanded attack cargo ship Marquette, served on the CinCPacFlt staff, and then in the office of the Comptroller of the Navy, William Franke. He retired in 1956.

RADM Adair had lived in Annapolis since 1974.  He died of pneumonia on July 2, 1993 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. He had Alzheimer's disease.

 

   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1945

Description
On December 15, 1944, landings against minimal resistance were made on the southern beaches of the island of Mindoro, a key location in the planned Lingayen Gulf operations, in support of major landings scheduled on Luzon. On January 9, 1945, on the south shore of Lingayen Gulf on the western coast of Luzon, General Krueger's Sixth Army landed his first units. Almost 175,000 men followed across the twenty-mile (32 km) beachhead within a few days. With heavy air support, Army units pushed inland, taking Clark Field, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manila, in the last week of January.

Two more major landings followed, one to cut off the Bataan Peninsula, and another, that included a parachute drop, south of Manila. Pincers closed on the city and, on February 3, 1945, elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division pushed into the northern outskirts of Manila and the 8th Cavalry Regiment (organized as infantry) passed through the northern suburbs and into the city itself.

As the advance on Manila continued from the north and the south, the Bataan Peninsula was rapidly secured. On February 16, paratroopers and amphibious units simultaneously assaulted the islet of Corregidor. It was necessary to take this stronghold because troops there can block the entrance of Manila Bay. The Americans needed to establish a major harbor base at Manila Bay to support the expected invasion of Japan, planned to begin on November 1, 1945. Resistance on Corregidor ended on February 27, and then all resistance by the Japanese Empire ceased on August 15, 1945, obviating the need for an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Despite initial optimism, fighting in Manila was harsh. It took until March 3 to clear the city of all Japanese troops, and the Japanese Marines, who fought on stubbornly and refused to either surrender or to evacuate as the Japanese Army had done. Fort Drum, a fortified island in Manila Bay near Corregidor, held out until 13 April, when a team of Army troops went ashore and pumped 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the fort, then set off incendiary charges. No Japanese soldiers in Fort Drum survived the blast and fire.

In all, ten U.S. divisions and five independent regiments battled on Luzon, making it the largest American campaign of the Pacific war, involving more troops than the United States had used in North Africa, Italy, or southern France.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Oct 6, 2010
   
Personal Memories

Memories
From 1943 to 1945 he took part in the planning and execution of every major amphibious operation in the Southwest Pacific Area while serving on the staff of Rear Admiral Daniel Barbey, Commander Seventh Amphibious Force.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  394 Also There at This Battle:
  • Albanesi, Thomas, PO1, (1943-1946)
  • Bagby, Henry Lawton, CAPT, (1941-1970)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Bolmgren, Mary
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Campbell, Donald Christenberry, ENS, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowley, Art Smith, PO2, (1944-1946)
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