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War hero brought home, laid to rest after 30 years missing in action
Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Kenny Holston, USAF

Posted on 07/28/2009 4:42:36 PM PDT by SandRat

7/28/2009 - KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AFNS) -- As a 21-gun salute rang throughout Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery July 27, the sound meant a Vietnam War veteran who had been missing in action for more than 40 years was finally home to rest .

Active-duty members, retirees and their families gathered at Chief Master Sgt. Quincy Adam's final resting place to pay their respects. Among them was Staff Sgt. Adam Blankenship, cousin of Chief Adam.

"It's been a long road for our family waiting for this type of closure," said Sergeant Blankenship, 436th Security Forces Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. "I received the news while deployed to Afghanistan, and it really redefined the pride that I have in serving our country."

In keeping with tradition, the Whiteman AFB Honor Guard gathered its entire fleet to ensure a proper and honorable military funeral was carried out for the late Chief Adam and his family.

"Today is a good day," said Tech. Sgt. Dave Giberson, Whiteman AFB Honor Guard NCO in charge. "One of our own has been brought home; we've practiced long and hard for this day, so let's go out there and do what we do best."

As the funeral commenced and respects were paid, a Vietnam era C-130 Hercules flyover was performed by a aircrew from the 41st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock AFB, Ark.

After the 21-gun salute had been fired, Honor Guard leader Master Sgt. Gregory Giles presented Kenneth Adam, father of Chief Adam with a folded American flag on behalf of the United States for all his son sacrificed for his country.

"The feeling of handing over that folded flag was like nothing I've experienced in my 21 years of performing in the honor guard," said Sergeant Giles. "The fact that his son passed away before him while serving his country made my feelings that much more overwhelming. I was honored to perform such a service to say the least, and proud to have been a part of a very important funeral."

Chief Adam served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War as a C-130 Hercules loadmaster. Growing up Chief Adam wanted nothing more than to fly, so joining the Air Force was only natural for him.

As the United States moved forward with efforts in Vietnam, Chief Adam and the rest of his crew got the call letting them know they were needed in Asia. Without hesitation, Chief Adam and the rest of the crew set off to war in their C-130 "Blind Bat 01."

Chief Adam and his crew carried out a regularly scheduled Night Flair drop mission over eastern Laos, adjacent to the northern most provinces of South Vietnam near the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. The trail was used by the Communists to transport weapons, supplies and troops from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, a crucial target for U.S. forces.

As Chief Adam and his crew continued their routine mission, orbiting the target area, "Blind Bat 01" made its last radio contact with the airborne mission command and control center at 8:30 p.m., May 22, 1968. By 9:15 p.m. "Blind Bat 01" still could not be reached and another C-130, "Blind Bat 02", was dispatched to search for the missing aircraft.

While searching, "Blind Bat 02" saw a large fire on the battlefield below, this was later deemed to be the wreckage of "Blind bat 01." The entire crew, including Airman Adam, were listed MIA.

After 40 years Chief Adam's remains were discovered in Southeast Asia, and he was brought home to Kansas City to rest.

"It's such a relief to finally have this closure," said Kenneth Adam. "I've waited and prayed for this moment to come every day for the past 30 years, and now that's its finally here I can rejoice and rest easy knowing that my son is home."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: found; home; missing; vietnam

Kenneth Adam, father of Chief Master Sgt. Quincy Adam, waits for the burial portion
of his son's funeral service to begin July 27 at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.
Chief Adam is a Vietnam War veteran who was wissing in action for more than 40 years.
Chief Adam's remains were discovered in Southeast Asia, and he was finally brought home
to be laid to rest, giving his family closure in their lives.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kenny Holston)

1 posted on 07/28/2009 4:42:36 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat
I'm glad he is home too.

It will bring closure.

I'm also glad that Obama didn't use this a s pro military photo op.

2 posted on 07/28/2009 4:48:40 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: SandRat
SOLDER REST GENTLY PRESSED
TO THE CALM MOTHER EARTHS WAITING BREST
DUTY DONE LIKE THE SUN GOING WEST

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SEMPER FI SOLDER, GOD BLESS

3 posted on 07/28/2009 4:48:57 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: SandRat

God Bless you Chief Adams!

Thank you for your service to our country...

Now that you’re back home...rest in peace!

Amen.


4 posted on 07/28/2009 4:49:49 PM PDT by Atom Smasher
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To: SandRat

Thank you Chief Adam for your service. I, as an American, thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice.

Prayers for your family, who at least have closure. May they find comfort in the Lord’s embrace. They have served for 30+ years in the service of the USA.


5 posted on 07/28/2009 4:51:54 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SandRat

Deepest Regards

alfa6 ;>}

6 posted on 07/28/2009 4:52:30 PM PDT by alfa6
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To: SandRat
Interesting that the headline states - "30 years missing in action" ...
while the text of the story says, "missing in action for more than 40 years."

Nevertheless, welcome home.
7 posted on 07/28/2009 4:54:19 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SandRat

God bless him and his family, and welcome home brother.


8 posted on 07/28/2009 4:56:20 PM PDT by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: SandRat

Thank you for your service Chief Adam. RIP.


9 posted on 07/28/2009 4:56:54 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Dubya

Welcome home, Sgt.

Prayers and a salute.

Boots


10 posted on 07/28/2009 5:01:00 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Fili et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: SandRat
Welcome home Chief Adam.

Rest in peace.

God Bless You.

11 posted on 07/28/2009 5:02:00 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("The rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office". ~Andrew Jackson)
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To: SandRat

Welcome home Chief Master Sgt. Quincy Adam, may you rest in peace and I send prayers for your loved ones.


12 posted on 07/28/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: SandRat

RIP Chief Master Sgt. Quincy Adam, WELCOME HOME!

(blind bat operations often hot and heavy out of my base in that era, it brings back special memories, not all of them happy)


13 posted on 07/28/2009 5:09:44 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot

Peace. Rest in Peace.


14 posted on 07/28/2009 5:13:21 PM PDT by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation)
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To: SandRat
As we landed and were taxiing to the gate, the senior flight attendant asked that we all remain seated until Sergeant Adam’s nephew had deplaned to perform his escort duties. When we arrived at the gate, she amended her statement to request that we all remain seated until the casket had been offloaded, and positioned herself in the aisle to ensure that her request was honored. There was some – very little, actually – grumbling, which she silenced by saying that both she and her husband were ex-marines, and she felt that this was the least we could do.

Sgt Adam Last Flight

Nice writeup by another Viet Nam Vet who did make it home.

I, too, thank the family of this hero. I'm so glad he's finally home.

15 posted on 07/28/2009 5:14:24 PM PDT by justkate
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To: SandRat

ps:

Never mess with a Marine. They stay stay seated...stay seated.

And smile.


16 posted on 07/28/2009 5:16:26 PM PDT by justkate
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To: Reagan69

Welcome home brother.


17 posted on 07/28/2009 5:19:47 PM PDT by VNam68
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To: SandRat
As a 21-gun salute rang

Incorrect. Three rifle volleys, not a 21-gun salute. Senior Airman Kenny Holston and his editors should know better.

18 posted on 07/28/2009 5:20:13 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: justkate

Touching article; thanks for posting it.


19 posted on 07/28/2009 5:22:42 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: A.A. Cunningham

3 Rifle Volleys yes made up of 7 riflemen firing each volley


20 posted on 07/28/2009 5:32:45 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

My prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Chief Master Sergeant Quincy Adams.
Thank you for your service and sacrifices Airman.
Rest in Peace
Salute

“There can be no triumph without loss, no victory without suffering, no freedom without sacrifice.” David Randolph
“Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, peaceful sleep.”

Patriot Guard Rider


21 posted on 07/28/2009 5:33:49 PM PDT by Rannug
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To: SandRat
God bless the men that fly and fight.

/johnny

22 posted on 07/28/2009 5:47:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: SandRat

Rifles aren’t guns. Guns are large caliber crew served weapons and only Brigadier Generals and above are rendered gun salutes which are fired by artillery batteries or naval guns, not rifle details.


23 posted on 07/28/2009 5:56:03 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: SandRat

Chief Master Sgt. Quincy Adam, rest in peace.

Welcome home Chief, may your family find peace. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

mrs


24 posted on 07/28/2009 7:01:20 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (New Jersey has no soul, only taxes)
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To: SandRat

So sad. RIP.


25 posted on 07/28/2009 7:10:35 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: SandRat

Hey Load! Welcome back home Brother.


26 posted on 07/28/2009 7:16:45 PM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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