William Lee Adams
Captain, United States Navy
Born: June 28, 1919 at Pettis County, Missouri
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida
The Navy Cross is presented to William Lee Adams, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as a pilot of a carrier based dive bomber in attacks on the enemy fleet on 20 June 1944.
The flight in which he participated dive bombed two large enemy aircraft carriers, probably sinking one of them and contributing to the sinking of the other, and also shot down two enemy fighters in the face of continuous heavy anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition.
The flight was further hazarded by the extreme range of the attack and the return to the carrier and landing of large groups of planes more than two hours after sunset. The attack was carried through to completion despite the knowledge that doing so jeopardized a safe return.
Lieutenant Adams' courage, determination, and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
ComFastCarTaskFor, Pacific Letter P15, Serial
0362 (July 8, 1944)