In Memory of
Private First Class
Henry Cryrus Adams
Fort Pierre, South Dakota
October 4, 1922 – April 14, 1945
Killed in Action at Breuna, Germany
Henry Cryrus Adams was born on a farm
near Hayes, South Dakota, on October 4, 1922 to Laisure and Mary Ann Adams. At
the age of five his family moved to Ft. Pierre, where he attended the public
Adams was in Hastings, Nebraska when he
was drafted in 1942. He received his basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and
was later sent to a camp near Washington D.C. He was then sent over seas to
England. At Christmas time in 1942 he was a driver of a light tank and then
subsequently took part in V-Day invasion to France.
From there Pfc. Adams was sent to
Belgium with the 1st Army. After that he went to Germany where he
was assigned to a large heavy tank.
Pfc. Adams was killed in action on April
14, 1945, in Central Germany. Quoting from Major C. H. Carl 759 Light Tank
is with deep regret that I write to you regarding the death of your son, Pfc.
Henry C. Adams, who was killed in action in Central Germany the 14th
day of April 1945.
Pfc. Adams was killed when his tank, while participating in an attack, was hit
shell from an enemy anti-tank gun. He was the tank driver.
wish to express my sympathy in your great loss. Your son was long a member of
this battalion and we learned to know him well. He was considered a fine man
and an excellent soldier.
Adams was originally buried in the
American Military Cemetery in Breuna, Germany. After the war his remains were
returned to Ft. Pierre, where he was reburied in the family plot in the Scotty
Henry Cryrus Adams was a great soldier
who gave his life for his country.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Mike Van Osdol, 11th grader at Stevens High
School, Rapid City, South Dakota, March 25, 2002. Information for this entry
was provided by Fort Pierre Times, Fort Pierre South Dakota.