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John Miller Adams


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
John Miller Adams Obituary
JOHN MILLER ADAMS Chief Petty Officer, (CPO-E7), Ret. John Miller Adams, of Riverside, Ca,, passed away at age 90 on Monday, September 19, 2016. John was surrounded by his family and passed away at his Riverside, CA home after a two-year battle with cancer. John was born in McAlester, Oklahoma on June 26, 1926 to Ernest and Irene "Brown" Adams. John married Ann Marie "Miloslavich" Adams of Oakland, Ca. on November 13, 1954. John is survived by his wife, Ann Adams; his brother, Don Adams, and his three children and their spouses, Valerie Scarpino and husband, Vincent; his son, Michael Adams and wife, Ann, and youngest daughter, Jo Brueckner and husband Glen. John is deeply cherished and will also be remembered by his two grandchildren, Morgan Granish and Amanda, and Haley "Granish" Kilgore and her husband Chad. At age 16 John enlisted in the United States Navy (1943) and served in the Pacific in World War II as a navigator aboard the U.S.S. Sealion (II), SS-315, a Balao class submarine. John also served on the Plunger, SS-179, Queenfish, SS-393, Tiru, SS-416, Segundo, SS-398, Rasher, SS-269, Bushnell, AS-15, Fulton, AS-11, Sperry, AS-12, and Chantaclier, ASR-7. On September 9, 1944 FRUPAC, the U.S. Fleet Radio Unit, Pacific, intercepted a Japanese message about a convoy en route to Japan. As a consequence, a U.S. submarine wolf pack, the USS Growler, USS Sealion and USS Pampanito were sent to lay an ambush. In the early morning hours of September 12, 1944, the wolf pack began a joint attack on the Japanese convoy. During the attack the Rakuyo Maru, part of Convoy HI-72 was torpedoed and sunk in the Luzon Strait by USS Sealion. Unfortunately, the crew of the Sealion was unaware that on board the Rakuyo Maru and the Kachidoki Maru were 2,217 British and Australian Prisoners of War who were being transported to Japan to be used as slave labor. On September 15, 1944, the Sealion and assisting wolf pack returned to the battle scene. John was a member of the Sealion crew who risked their lives to rescue fifty-four Australian and British POW survivors brought on board the Sealion. John was stationed at the San Diego Naval Base teaching recruits prior to his retirement from the USN in 1963. John then took employment with the U.S. Postal Service assigned to various offices within the City of Riverside. He retired with twenty years of service in 1983. John will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518 on Friday, December 2, 2016. Services are set to begin at 11:15 AM. Services will be followed by a memorial celebration at the family home in Riverside. Family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in CPO Adams' name to the Widows of Deceased Veterans Foundation or any cancer treatment center of your choice. John, we will always carry your memory in our hearts.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 29, 2016
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