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James Orvel Adams, son of James A. and Mona (Waldo) Adams, was born in Anthon on September 2, 1910. He enlisted in the United States army in February 1940 and spent the next 10 years in service during which he saw action in the Pacific theater during WWII. He served two years in the army of occupation in Germany. In June 1950 he was sent to Korea. He was a member of the Company H, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while his regiment was delaying the Chinese forces to permit the rest of his division to withdraw along the road from Kunu-ri to Sunchon, North Korea on November 30, 1950. For his leadership and valor, Corporal Adams was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. James is buried at Oak Hall Cemetery at Anthon.