Honor Our Service Personnel - August - Joseph C. Adams


Private Joseph Carol Adams Company F, 60th Infantry, 9th Division, U.S. Army, KIA WORLD WAR II.  Joseph fought in one of the worst battles of World War II, the Hurtgen Forrest. He was wounded with shrapnel, died eight days later and was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium Germany. Along with others he gave the ultimate sacrifice, his life.  At a young age he was given up for adoption and raised by his half brother, Hugh Wylie Adams. Joe never married nor had children. He is remembered as a kind, sweet and hard working man. “He holds a special place in my heart even though I never knew him.” – Beatrice Adams King


The Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium, approximately seven miles from the German border, covers 57 acres, the resting place of 7,992 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives during the advancement of the U.S. forces into Germany. The cemetery is comprised of a broad green lawn with a gentle downhill slope and headstones arranged in gentle sweeping arcs. A highway passes through the cemetery, on the west of which is an overlook that affords an excellent view of the rolling Belgian countryside, once a horrific battlefield.