John Quincy Adam

Senior Master Sergeant
United States Air Force
22 December 1947 - 21 June 1978
Bethel, Kansas
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USAF Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Quincy Adam

27 May 2006

I wear John Adam's MIA bracelet. When I think of him, the words to the song "Travelin' Soldier" come to my mind, particulary the chorus:

"One Friday night at a football game
The Lord's Prayer said and the Anthem sang,
A man said 'Folks would you bow your heads
For a list of local Vietnam dead.'
Crying all alone under the stands
Was a piccolo player in the marching band,
And one name read and nobody really cared
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair"

Gwen Deubler Petersen
1025 East Ardoin, Eunice, La 70535

"Travelin' Soldier"
Written by Bruce Robinson and Farrah Braniff
Used under 17 USC 107

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 374th Tactical Airlift Squadron maintained a detachment of C-130 aircraft at Ubon RTAFB for flare-dropping missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail - the flares allowed tactical aircraft to identify and prosecute ground targets at night. The C-130s used the call sign "BLIND BAT".

On the night of 22 May 1968 a BLIND BAT aircraft, C-130 tail number 56-0477, failed to return from a mission over southern Laos. Although no trace of the crew was found by search-and-rescue teams, there was evidence the aircraft went down near Muang Nong, about 20 miles southwest of the A Shau Valley. On conclusion of the SAR effort the nine men aboard were classed as Missing in Action. They remained and were promoted in that status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them. The nine men aboard the C-130 were (PFod dates are shown in parentheses):

  • 41st Tac Alft Sqdn, 374th Tac Alft Wing
    • Col William H. Mason, Camden, AR (10/09/1980)
    • Major William T. Mc Phail, Chattanooga, TN (06/29/1978)
    • Major Thomas B. Mitchell, Littleton, CO (02/27/1975)
    • CMSgt Calvin C. Glover, Steubenville, OH (06/29/1978)
    • CMSgt Melvin D. Rash, Yorktown, VA (06/29/1978)
    • SMSgt John Q. Adam, Bethel, KS (06/21/1978)
    • SMSgt Gary Pate, Brooks, GA (01/09/1975)

  • 23rd TASS, 504th Tac Air Spt Grp
    • LtCol Jerry L. Chambers, Muskogee, OK (08/12/1976)

  • 374th Field Maint Sqdn, 374th Tac Alft Wing
    • CMSgt Thomas E. Knebel, Midway, AR (06/29/1978)
Their remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Gwen Deubler Petersen
1025 East Ardoin, Eunice, La 70535

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2006
Last updated 05/29/2006