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Greatest Generation: Boisean helped save life of George H.W. Bush
Idaho Statesman ^ | 8/20/07 | Tim Wooward

Posted on 08/20/2007 3:53:27 PM PDT by llevrok

Nat Adams never told anyone about the contents of the Navy footlocker in his basement. The only time he showed them to anyone was when his sons Tom and John, then small, wanted to "play Navy."

With his death appearing imminent, family members prepared to donate some of his things to the Nampa's Warhawk Air Museum. That's when they opened the footlocker.

Inside was a stunning array of military medals, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He'd never bothered to mention, not even to his wife, that he'd been awarded one of the military's highest honors for aviators — twice. Without Adams, there might not have been a President Bush. Adams was one of four fighter pilots flying cover when George H.W. Bush's bomber was shot down while attacking a Japanese island in 1944.

"Without your covering support," Bush wrote to Adams in a 2004 "Dear Blackie" letter, "I would undoubtedly have been captured, executed and cannibalized." "Blackie," nicknamed for his jet-black hair that turned cotton white, was awarded one of his Distinguished Flying Crosses for sinking a Japanese ammunition ship. The resulting explosion damaged his F-6 Hellcat so badly that he couldn't make a carrier landing.

When the nuclear aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush was christened last year, Bush invited his Idaho friend. "There were all these gorgeous admirals there in their dress white uniforms with medals down to their waists," Sally Adams said. "They were all coming up to Nat and saying it was an honor to meet him."

Lying on a desktop is a wooden plaque, a gift from a former president of the United States. Its four-letter inscription, CAVU, is an acronym for "ceiling and visibility unlimited." It was his squadron's greeting, and its farewell.

It will grace his headstone as well.

(Excerpt) Read more at idahostatesman.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: hero; veterans; wwii
Bravo Zulu, Blackie.
1 posted on 08/20/2007 3:53:31 PM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

bump


2 posted on 08/20/2007 3:56:10 PM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: llevrok

Here’s to ya, Blackie.


3 posted on 08/20/2007 4:00:27 PM PDT by Pablo64 (Ask me about my alpacas!)
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To: Chief Engineer; Delphinium; EternalVigilance; Keyes2000mt; Sir_Ed; Knitting A Conundrum; ...
Near Pleasant Valley Road, south of Boise
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FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list.

4 posted on 08/20/2007 4:00:41 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("I guess I like to do things that bother people." -Urban Meyer)
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To: llevrok

Happy landings. God be with him.


5 posted on 08/20/2007 4:00:55 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: llevrok; Allegra; tomkow6; Jet Jaguar; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; txradioguy; StarCMC; All

OH Canteen


6 posted on 08/20/2007 4:03:59 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: llevrok

Very sad to see that generation go. My father was one of them. I think they tie the revolutionary war generation for the title of “Greatest Generation. “ They saved western civilization. I don’t know if our current generation would have fared as well in that crisis. I think we are too me-centered and not patriotic enough to have put on an effort like they did.


7 posted on 08/20/2007 4:04:14 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: GOP_Raider

nice


8 posted on 08/20/2007 4:05:39 PM PDT by camas
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To: llevrok

Blackie is truly one of the greatest generation.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 4:06:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: llevrok

Awesome post, and God bless this American hero! If we had a ‘must read’ section here, this would be at the top.


10 posted on 08/20/2007 4:09:17 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Al sez: "In fact, you can even reduce your carbon emissions to zero." Arafat has, maybe Castro, too.)
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To: llevrok

IDAHO FILE INTO HISTORY

WWII: BOISE NAVY PILOT FLIES COVER FOR GEORGE BUSH

Nat "Blackie" Adams

When Nat Adams, Boise architect, joined the Navy air arm in 1942, he had no idea that he would be flying cover for the future President of the United States.

But that’s the way it turned out. Adams took his pre-flight at St. Maries College and his primary training at Los Alamitos, both in California. He was then sent to Corpus Christi, Texas, for operational advanced training in Navy fighter aircraft. In combat he flew the famous F6F Hellcat, powered by a 2,000 horsepower Pratt & Whitney engine.

The F6F was capable of 300+ miles per hour and was armed with six 50-caliber machine guns. It could carry a 500-pound bomb as well.

Nat, or "Blackie" as his comrades called him, was soon in the Pacific flying off of three different carriers, the last one being the U.S.S. San Jacinto, an Independence class carrier (CVL) that was home to about thirty-six aircraft.

Also assigned to the San Jacinto was Torpedo Squadron 51, among whose members was the youngest pilot in the Navy, one George H.W. Bush. His aircraft was a three-man torpedo bomber (TBF) which carried a torpedo or bombs, depending on the mission.

Actually, before the end of the war, both Adams and Bush would be fished out of the Pacific by the U.S. Navy. The usual basic mission for Adams and his comrades was to fly cover for the TBFs. This called for engaging enemy fighters as well as strafing runs on both land and water targets.

Adams' crash landing in the water occurred on July 25, 1944, about six weeks before that of Bush. His flight was attacking a Japanese ship which, it turned out, was loaded with mines.

Their strikes caused the entire cargo to explode. This explosion developed into a giant mushroom cloud and sent metal parts flying high in the air just as Adams’ F6F passed over the doomed ship. It damaged a wing and tore away an aileron, a vital control element.

He tried to make it back to the San Jacinto but when that proved impossible, he bellied into the water alongside a destroyer, the U.S.S. Healy.

Although he was without his one-man raft, he swam over to the destroyer and was pulled aboard. Adams was forced to spend ten days aboard the Healy before he could get back to his carrier.

Photo of actual explosion of the Japanese ship

Later, in September, when Bush was shot down, Adams’ group was flying cover for a Bush bombing run on an island radio facility. Adams saw Bush’s plane smoking after being hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire but he could not tell, from his position high above, whose plane it was. Only after he landed did he learn it was Bush’s plane.

Bush was picked up by a U.S. submarine and taken to Pearl Harbor. He declined the opportunity to remain stateside, wanting to return to his squadron still in the thick of the fighting. Needless to say, those on the San Jacinto were grateful to see peace finally come a year later.


11 posted on 08/20/2007 4:18:37 PM PDT by deport (>>>--Keep your powder dry--<<< [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: SmoothTalker; StarCMC; Old Sarge; CMS; Eagle Eye; Jet Jaguar
I don’t know if our current generation would have fared as well...

Perhaps not in the sheer numbers of men who fought that war, maybe not even in a like percentage of the population.

But the men and women who are in harm's way today measure up in every way possible to the WWII generation.

12 posted on 08/20/2007 4:31:24 PM PDT by HiJinx (Learn to take as a measure of success the criticism of your enemies. RL.)
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To: SevenofNine

Thanks for the ping 7of9! What a cool story!


13 posted on 08/20/2007 4:39:14 PM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2007/08/11/school-of-the-counterpropagandist/)
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To: llevrok
It will grace his headstone as well.

I guess I need to reboot this machine, the screen just got all blurry.

Fair winds and following seas, Blackie. If I make it, I'll see you on the other side.

14 posted on 08/20/2007 4:49:06 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: SmoothTalker

“Very sad to see that generation go.”

It’s very depressing. They made one sacrifice after another to keep this country free.

“I think they tie the revolutionary war generation for the title of “Greatest Generation”

I agree. They rose to a challenge that required an intense amount of sacrifice, including that of their sons and daughters. This was also after they survived the Great Depression.


15 posted on 08/20/2007 5:04:26 PM PDT by Niuhuru (businesslinkshere.com)
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To: llevrok
One of Blackie's projects. St. Thomas Espicopal Church.

And another the J.R. Simplot house.


16 posted on 08/20/2007 5:07:57 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: SmoothTalker
I don’t know if our current generation would have fared as well in that crisis. I think we are too me-centered and not patriotic enough to have put on an effort like they did.

I agree with you.

17 posted on 08/20/2007 5:24:09 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: SmoothTalker

Our servicemen are still great.
WWII did not have a Jane Fonda, she would have been shot or hung as a traitor.

How many papers, radio or congress critters took the part of the enemy?


18 posted on 08/20/2007 5:48:31 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: llevrok

This article is BS. Bush flew a fighter, not a bomber.


19 posted on 08/20/2007 6:06:31 PM PDT by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: yooper

Your post is B.S.

G.W. Bush flew a fighter in the late-60s/early-70s.

G.H.W. Bush flew a torpedo bomber in WWII.


20 posted on 08/20/2007 6:10:28 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

“Our servicemen are still great.
WWII did not have a Jane Fonda, she would have been shot or hung as a traitor.

How many papers, radio or congress critters took the part of the enemy?”

And there in lies the point. We have the men to fight the war but winning a war that big takes more than soldiers. It takes everyone at home pulling hard in one direction too. I don’t know if we would have that anymore


21 posted on 08/20/2007 6:14:38 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: llevrok

Wow, what a story!


22 posted on 08/20/2007 6:24:34 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: yooper
holster your pistol, pard'ner. Pres. Bush Sr, flew a torpedo/bomber (TBM Avenger) That's no fighter, son.

You can look it up.

23 posted on 08/20/2007 8:00:12 PM PDT by llevrok (I voted for George Bush - not Jorge Arbusto.)
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To: llevrok
I just got done reading Flyboys, the story of Bush and the guys that attacked Chichi Jima. It is a fabulous story. We are truly lucky that Poppy Bush lived to fight another day-- 8 of his shipmates met terrible ends on that island.
24 posted on 08/20/2007 8:03:32 PM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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To: yooper
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Lt(jg) George H.W. Bush flew TBF Avenger torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier San Jacinto and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lt(jg) Bush was credited with 126 carrier landings, including 58 attack missions.
25 posted on 08/20/2007 8:04:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: lawgirl
wasn’t that a gruesome story? That opened up a whole new facet of the Pacific war I never knew.
26 posted on 08/20/2007 8:16:05 PM PDT by llevrok (I voted for George Bush - not Jorge Arbusto.)
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To: deport

R.I.P. Blackie....hero!


27 posted on 08/20/2007 8:20:04 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: llevrok

Blackie was the liberal’s worst nightmare. His act spawned two great presidencies.


28 posted on 08/20/2007 8:23:57 PM PDT by Pencil
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To: SmoothTalker
We need to start running traitors out of town on a rail or tar and feather these type of scum.
29 posted on 08/20/2007 8:44:51 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: GOP_Raider
Pleasant Valley Rd., the area the BLM wanted to close off to shooters. Thanks to BIll Sali and Butch Otter, they didn't.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

30 posted on 08/20/2007 9:25:19 PM PDT by wku man (Claire Wolfe, is it time yet?)
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To: wku man

Damn BLM. That particular area is not any more than a few miles from my house, out by the Penitentiary.


31 posted on 08/20/2007 11:31:30 PM PDT by GOP_Raider ("I guess I like to do things that bother people." -Urban Meyer)
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To: llevrok; All

In Idaho Statesman today:


Nat Adams, a prominent Boise architect and World War II hero, died early this morning following a short illness.

A memorial service tentatively is planned for Friday or Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 704 S. Latah. The church was one of more than 700 buildings Adams and his associates designed.

His projects included Bronco Stadium and the former J.R. Simplot residence, which will be Idaho’s next governor’s mansion.

Adams, 86, was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a Navy fighter pilot in WWII.

Among other things, he helped save the life of future president George H.W. Bush.

Adams was featured in Tim Woodward’s Monday column, which family members read to him before he died.


CAVU


32 posted on 08/21/2007 3:02:12 PM PDT by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: Domandred

Link to story, forgot it.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/138628.html


33 posted on 08/21/2007 3:05:11 PM PDT by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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Thank you, Nat "Blackie" Adams, for your service to our country.


34 posted on 08/23/2007 9:41:18 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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