From a contemporary press report
Earl A. Adkins, 79, a retired Army chief warrant officer who made his career as a criminal investigator and later founded an insurance agency in Arlington, died November 26, 1999 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Adkins, a resident of Arlington since 1968, was born in Opelousas, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Upper Iowa University, where he majored in business administration.
He joined the Army in 1944 and was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. He served at various posts in the United States, including Washington, and in Japan, Korea and Germany. He also worked with the International Police Drug Enforcement Unit. He retired in 1971.
His military decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit and the Army Commendation Medal.
In 1974, Mr. Adkins established the Adkins & King Insurance Agency in Arlington, and he was active in the business until retiring a second time in 1989.
Mr. Adkins was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the Criminal Investigation Division Agents Association Inc., the Disabled American Veterans, the First Black Military Platoon No. 510 and Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Haruko Adkins of Arlington, and a son, Earl A. Adkins Jr. of Los Angeles.
ADKINS, EARL A.
On Friday, November 26, 1999, at Alexandria Hospital, EARL A. ADINS, husband of Haruko Adkins; father of Earl A. Adkins, Jr. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery with Full Honors on Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 11 a.m.
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