World War IIUS Navy Reserve
US Naval Base, Buckner Bay, Okinawa
Service Number: 9642819
Born: December 9, 1915 - Conifer, Colorado
Inducted January 5, 1944 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Killed: September 23, 1945 Okinawa
Buried: Yuma Cemetery, new addition, plot 181
Son of Fred C. Adams of Yuma. Husband of Rosanna Osowski of Beatrice, Nebraska.
Yuma Pioneer October 18, 1945
James E. Adams is Killed by Japs with Hand Grenades On September 23, 1945
A message from the war department again brought deep sorrow to the community, when early Wednesday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams received the official communication that their son, James Edward Adams, had been killed in the service of his country on September 23rd.
The news was not entirely unexpected, since a buddy of James' had written his wife saying that he and James had been at liberty on the island on Sunday, September 23rd, and in exploring the island had run into Japs with hand grenades. The buddy escaped but searching parties had not since been able to find James. The telegram stated also "When further details as to whether the body is recovered and interred are received you will be informed."
James had been in the Navy twenty months and was a carpenter's mate second class. His wife and two children have been making their home with her parents at Beatrice, Nebraska. Another brother, Lloyd Adams, is in France but expected to sail for the states any time. The two sisters are Mrs. Byron Mitchell of Yuma and Mrs. Freyer of Haxtun.
From Navy Death Record: Buried Plot 2, Row 19, Grave 592, Island Communal Cemetery, Okinawa. Remains returned to the US 16 Feb 1949.
Yuma Pioneer March 31, 1949
The body of James Edward Adams arrived in Yuma Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be conducted from the Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Ward Bjerke officiating and burial will be in the Yuma Cemetery.
Carpenters Mate Second Class James Adams was killed on the island of Okinawa on September 23, 1945. He and a buddy were exploring a cave on the island and he was killed by a grenade thrown by a Jap hiding in the cave.
James E. Adams, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Adams, was born at Conifer, Colorado December 9, 1915 and at the age of eight months came with his parents to their farm north of Yuma. He received his schooling at the Waverly school, the four high school years under Professor L.A. Hoskins.
He was married to Rosanna Osowski July 20, 1939 and to this union two sons were born, Jimmy 9 and Richard 7, who reside at Beatrice, Nebraska.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1943 and was called to active duty April 7, 1944 when he was sent to Camp Bennion at Farragut, Idaho. Before going overseas on June 2, 1945 he was stationed at Puget Sound Naval Yard at Bremerton, Washington, Amphibious Training Base at Coronado, San Diego, California, Advanced Base Depot at San Bruno, California and a small boat repair base at Albany, California.
He is survived by his sons; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Mitchell of Yuma and Mrs. Marjorie Freyer of Haxtun and one brother, Lloyd of Yuma.
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