November 20, 2010
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The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic will be dedicated to the late Maj. William Adams, a Craig native and Medal of Honor recipient, next week. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the dedication in a news release, describing Adams as a "Colorado Hero." The event, which will rename the clinic as the Maj. William E. Adams Veterans Telehealth Clinic, is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 20 at the clinic, 785 Russell St., and is open to the public. Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, died May 25, 1971, "in service to his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War," the VA reported.
Clinic to bear the name of Maj. William Edward Adams
Legislation to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth Clinic in Craig passed with unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 23. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the legislation in February to honor the late Congressional Medal of Honor winner Army Maj. William Edward Adams. “Maj. Adams embodied the independent and selfless spirit of the community he called home, and his heroism is an inspiration to us all,” Bennet said in a news release.
A “heroic American.” An “inspiration to every citizen.” A man who showed “conspicuous gallantry.” Craig resident Larry Neu contends those are all accurate descriptions of Major William E. Adams. But, they aren’t Neu’s words.
William Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot serving in Vietnam, was trying to evacuate wounded soldiers from a hostile area in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military achievement.
William Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot serving in Vietnam, was killed trying to evacuate wounded soldiers from a hostile area in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military achievement. Adams, a former Craig resident, will receive another posthumous honor Nov. 27 when a segment of Colorado Highway 13 is dedicated as the Major William Adams Medal of Honor Highway.