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Clifford Bernard Adams(1917 - 2013)

Adams, Lt. Col. Clifford Bernard
USAF Ret., 96, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Westminster Village Care Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Born December 31, 1917 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he graduated from Hamline University with a BA degree in Economics. He was drafted into the Army in 1941. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he volunteered to join the USAAC where he completed his training as a Bombardier and was commissioned as a 2LT in 1942. He served with 351st BG, 8th AF at Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England, completing 25 missions over Europe in the B-17, "Picadilly Commando". He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, 2 Humanitarian Medals, Air Force Reserve Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon. After returning stateside in 1943, he married Mary Evelyn Yacyla in 1944. Cliff was a Claim Representative and a Special Agent for Hartford Insurance in Sioux Falls, SD. retiring in 1969. Throughout this time he continued his military commitment with the Air Force Reserve. In 1969 he took a position with the Department of the Air Force having been promoted to Lt. Colonel. He and Mary moved to Jefferson City, MO; Minneapolis, MN and Vienna, VA where he served as a manpower officer, Chief Inspection, Selective Service Branch HQ, Washington, DC until retirement in 1973. He then joined Riggs National Bank of Washington, DC as Insurance Manager, Trust Real Estate Unit and retired in 1987. Cliff was a life member of the Reserve Officer Association. He was active in the 8th Air Force Historical Society, 351st Bomb Group and Retired Officers Association. He was also a member of the American Legion; VFW and Air Force Association. He has held many state and chapter offices. He was the past Commander of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars and Assistant Treasurer General of HQTRS. MOWW. He was past President of the Robert E. Lee Chapter of ROA and awarded "Virginia Gentleman", the highest award from the Virginia Department of the ROA. He was inducted into "Heroes of 76"of the National Sojourners, Inc. and also was President of the High Twelve Club Chapter #567. While living in Virginia, Cliff and Mary were active members of the Holy Comforter Church in Vienna, Virginia. After moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1997, he was active in the Phoenix El Zaribah Temple Legion of Honor (Heroes of '76). Clifford attended Saint Barnabus Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Yacyla Adams. Clifford is survived by his two daughters, Gail Diehl of Charleston, SC and Janice Wessman of Paradise Valley, AZ; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Clifford was a supportive father and husband with a great sense of humor. He was an avid outdoorsman and shared his love of swimming, ice skating, skiing and hunting with his daughters. He will be greatly missed by his family. Lt. Colonel Adams will be buried with Military Funeral Honors at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, D.C. Services will be held at the Post Chapel, March 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Memorials may be made in the name of Clifford B. Adams to Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104-1284; Eckstein Center, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014, or "Arlington Ladies" c/o Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211



Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 2, 2014
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