- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 2nd Lieutenant
- 351st Bombardment Group (H), Army Air Forces, U.S. Army
"For extraordinary achievement while serving as a bombardier of a B-17 airplane on twenty-five bombardment missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. Displaying great courage and skill Lieutenant Adams has materially aided in the success of each of the twenty-five missions. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Lieutenant Adams on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."