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Jay Lee "JL" Adams, Jr.
Jan 16, 1916 - Jan 10, 1945
Written & Posted by Jo Aguirre
Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church in Carnegie, Sunday, May 29, 1945  at 3:30 for Staff Sgt. Jay Lee Adams Jr. He was killed in action, near Olne, Liege, in the Walloon Region, of Belgium, on Jan. 10, 1945, when his B-17 Bomber was shot down, and crash landed near Olne, Belgium. Jay, was killed in flight, while Sgt Ray Fairman was severely wounded. The remainder crew survived the crash landing in the snow. Jay was ejected from the plane and his parachute deployed but they were too low for the chute to deploy fully. He was impaled upon impact with the ground. It is not known if he died from the ejection or from the impalement.
Jay was originally interred at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Rue du Mémorial Américain 159, 4852 Hombourg, Liège Belgium. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 50.69659, Longitude: 5.89884, on January 12th, 1945.

Jay Lee Adams Jr, married Mary Elizabeth Schlegel in 1936.

Jay is survived by his Paternal Father Mose Adams, his mother Suzanna Poole, his wife Mary Elizabeth Adams (Schlegel), and his daughter Lois Janet Adams, and 7 siblings.

Jay was preceded in death, by their first born son in 1940, Jay Lee Adams 3rd, who died in infancy, and his paternal Grandfather and Grandmother, John Calhoun Adams 1841 – 1930, and Susannah Back 1845 – 1926

Sgt. Adams was 28 years old at the time of his death. He was a waist-gunner on a B-17 Bombardment group out of Podington, UK, and was on his 23rd combat mission over Nazi Germany.

He entered military service in the Army Air Force (USAAF Service Number 37533988) July 14, 1943.
His wife, Mary Elizabeth and his daughter Lois Janet (age 10 months), were residents of Carnegie, OK., at the time of his death.


On October 7th, 1948, his remains were transported by truck to the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, from where he was repatriated to the USA and arrived by rail at the Sentinel, OK. train station, on January 8, 1949 @2:30 pm.  He was immediately interred in the Sentinel Cemetery, Sentinel, Oklahoma, with a full military honors Service. Rev. C.N. Price, pastor, delivered a special memorial sermon for Jay, and W.F. Taylor, the district commander of the VFW Post 143, and others, assisted as the Honor Guard. The flag was presented to his daughter, Lois Janet who was four years of age at the time. 
As a side note ....
A large stone marker has been commemorated as a memorial to Jay Lee Adams, near Olne, Belgium. This memorial was realized by Madam Maria Courtois and her family, and by the municipal administration of Olne, Belgium. The memorial was inaugurated on November 11th, 2007. The language on the marker plate, is in French.

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