Scotty Adams

[9 SEP 1930 - A2 - 20179 - 4 DEC 1963]

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Carol Adams Hopkins and Susan Sims
['55 Las Vegas Luncheon - JUN 2017]



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Carol Adams Hopkins and Tom Sims
['55 Las Vegas Luncheon - JUN 2017]



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Susan Sims - Carol Adams Hopkins - Ronnie McWilliams
['55 Las Vegas Luncheon - AUG 2014]



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Susan Sims - Carol Adams Hopkins - Ronnie McWilliams
[Las Vegas - NOV 2013]



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Ronnie McWilliams - Susan Sims - Carol Adams Hopkins
['55 Las Vegas Luncheon - FEB 2013]



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Susan Sims - Carol Adams Hopkins - Ronnie McWilliams
['55 Las Vegas Luncheon - AUG 2012]



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Susan and Tom Sims - Carol Adams Hopkins
[Las Vegas Luncheon - SEP 2011]



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? - Scotty - Margaret and Carol Adams
[West Point - c1961]



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Scotty Adams
[West Point c1960]



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Scotty Adams
[West Point c1960]



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Scotty Adams
[c1960]



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? - Scotty Adams - ?
[c1956]



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Scotty Adams
[c1956]



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Scotty Adams
[1955]



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Scotty Adams
[1955]



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A-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Vincent - Joseph - Stevenson - Fikaris - Prater - Stemle - 2nd Row: Freed - Adams - West - Jim Miller - Mason - Jellison - 3rd Row: Auger (CO) - Spaulding - Reid - Lucas - Rupp - Weissenborn - 4th Row: Dax - Senger - Camp - Schauer



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Scotty Adams
[Pearly Slice - 1955]



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Scotty Adams
[North - South Soccer Game]



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Scotty Adams
[c1954]



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Scotty Adams
[1954]



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Scotty Adams
[1954]



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Corps Squad Soccer
[1954]



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Corps Squad Soccer
[1953]



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Scotty Adams and Roy Thorsen
[100th Night Show - MAR 1953]



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Scotty Adams and Roy Thorsen
[100th Night Show - MAR 1953]



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Roy Thorsen and Scotty Adams
[100th Night Show - MAR 1953]



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Scotty Adams and Bill Wyman x55
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Chickalla - Benassi x55 - ? - Patton -
Adams [Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Dave Patton - Scotty Adams - John Schick
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Adams - Schick - Matuzak - Martling -
Bossert - Chikalla [Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Scotty Adams and Milt Herman
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Bill Sietman and Scotty Adams
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Scotty Adams supervising KP
[Plebe Hike - 1951]



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USAF Discharge
[JUL 1951]



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Scotty Adams
[Prep School Yearbook - 1951]



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Adams - Dax - Weeden - Gersitz
[Prep School Party - 1951]



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Don Jellison and Scotty Adams
[c1950]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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Francis J. Adams

Francis J. Adams was born 9 September 1930 in New Jersey. He was admitted to West Point from the US Air Force on 3 July 1951, was a member of Company A2 at the Academy and was the A2 Executive Officer his first class year. He played soccer four years, was All American three times and captain of the team his first class year. He was a star man, graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned into the US Air Force.



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Francis J. Adams

Everyone who knew "Scotty" Adams remembers him with love and affection. He was born in New Jersey on September 9, 1930, but, his family moved back to their native Scotland when he was about 6. This was a fortunate circumstance since he received a fine education at the Strathbungo School in Glasgow that prepared him for the rigors of West Point academics. Even more important for his cadet career, he played on championship soccer teams and was selected as an All Star player. W.W.II intervened as he was growing up, and it was 1948 before his family resettled in Kearney, NJ. Shortly before his 18th birthday that year, he enlisted in the regular Air Force. After training at Keesler AFB as an air traffic controller, he stayed on as an instructor, bolstering the unflappable manner for which he was famous.

Scotty received a RA competitive appointment to West Point while at Keesler AFB. Then, in 1950 went to the USMA Prep School at Stewart AFB, NY where he met many of his future classmates. There he was a Squad leader, Platoon Leader, and the Soccer Coach. Life at Stewart Field consisted of intense training in academics plus athletics to prepare mind and body for the all day competitive exam given in March 1951. At the end of that long exam day, one of his classmates wandered into the base chapel to offer thanks; the only other person in the building was Scotty, there for the same purpose.

At West Point, Scotty really come into his own. His outgoing and witty personality easily made him one of the most popular men in the class. Prior Air Force service gave him more maturity than the average Plebe, and he was not intimidated by the "system." Today, he would be called laid back. A natural scholar, he had benefited from his time at Stewart Field and he made good grades look easy. Scotty wore stars his Cow year, and graduated 16th in a class of 470. Despite many other activities, he still found time to help other cadets struggling with academics. Though he was barely 5'6" tall, weighing 140 pounds, his size was no handicap on the soccer field where he left a lasting mark.

As a Plebe, Scotty played A Squad soccer and also found time to help coach the Plebe team. He lettered all four years at West Point with three stars for victories over Navy, was a three time All-American, and team Captain his Firstie year. In one game, Scotty was facing away from the opposing goal when he took a pass towards him. Without looking back, he jumped up and kicked the ball backwards into the goal. He was probably Army's best player ever. Joe Palone, the Soccer Coach for many years, wrote that "Scotty was not only the best soccer player I ever coached, but a fine and respected man. The years he played for me we had our best seasons; we won 31 games and lost only 4."

Scotty made time for many other activities besides soccer, including the Cadet Chapel Choir and Glee Club, and was unforgettable as "Pearly" in the 1955 Hundredth Night Show. He was also gifted in other sports, but swimming wasn't one of them. Scotty could not float, and would just sink slowly to the bottom of the pool! It was a long struggle for him to pass the mandatory swimming requirement, so to compensate he became a swimming team Manager for four years.

Scotty was commissioned in the Air Force, and after primary training in Florida and North Carolina, went to Laredo AFB in Texas for basic pilot training. In April 1957, he was asked to be Best Man at classmate Chuck Gersitz's wedding in the Post Chapel at West Point. When he arrived, some members of the wedding party were missing, so he quickly drummed up 6 First Classmen from the class of '57 to form the saber arch after the ceremony! Scotty stayed on as an instructor pilot at Laredo, and married a petite brunette named Carol Burr in February 1958, enabling Chuck to return the favor as Best Man.

In August 1958, Scotty was sent to Syracuse University for Graduate study, receiving a Masters Degree in Geography in 1960. Now a Captain, he was assigned to West Point as an Instructor in Economics and International Relations within the Department of Social Sciences. During his tour at West Point, Scotty was a popular and highly regarded officer, and continued his love of soccer as the OIC of the Cadet team.

On, December 4th, 1963, Scotty and Norb Glidden, another classmate stationed at West Point, took out a T-33 jet trainer for a proficiency flight from Stewart Field. Over New Hampshire there was trouble with the aircraft. To avoid civilian casualties in the ground, they delayed ejection until it was too late. Both were killed instantly. That same day was daughter Margaret's 4th birthday, and Scotty had invited some of his friends to a small party for her after work. Wrapping paper and other preparations for Margaret's party were evident when the Superintendent and another classmate came to notify Carol of the accident. She was never the same afterwards.

His funeral was held at the Cadet Chapel two days later, followed by interment in the Post Cemetery; it was a life full of potential cut short. Scotty was a loving and devoted father who adored his children, and his death was a special tragedy for them. He was survived by his wife Carol, then pregnant with their third child Ian; his son Scott, 2 years; and his daughter Margaret, 4 years.

Scotty, your presence continues in The Long Gray Line; it was only yesterday you stepped into the shadows. Grip hands! "...And flights of angles sing thee to thy rest."

His classmates and daughter Margaret
Assembly Memorial Article
October 1996


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To: Brandon Adams "bmadams21@yahoo.com"
Copies to: pfikaris@comcast.net, westtc@earthlink.net, TomESims@West-Point.org
[coljack@austin.rr.com
Subject: Re: Scotty Adams
From: Carl H McNair "cmcnair2@csc.com"
Date sent: Mon, (18 MAY 2009) 06:23:23,0400

Brandon:

Thank you for your message, it is always good to hear from a family member of a classmate and to know you have visited our Class Webpage and found information on your grandfather. Be assured all of us in the Class of 1955 remember Scotty well. He was highly respected throughout the class, a great soccer player, earning a letter in that sport all four years, very smart, finishing 16 out of a class of 470 and singing in both the Cadet Glee Club and Chapel Choir all four years. As you know, he was teaching in the Dept of Social Sciences at West point in 1963 when he and another classmate assigned to the Tactical Dept at the time, Norb Glidden, also an Air Force Captain, went on a training proficiency flight (which all aviators were required to maintain their skills when they were not in an operational flying assignment) and died tragically in an aircraft accident in New Hampshire on 4 DEC '63. Your grandfather's obituary was in the Assembly Magazine in SEP '97 and you could probably go on line with the USMA library and get a copy of that obituary if you have not done so. I was serving on the DMZ in Korea at the time of the accident, half a world away from West Point, so do not know the details of what happened on that fateful flight. Others closer to him in Company A2 will know them better than I.

Scotty was in Company A2 and am sure some of his companymates might be able to provide you more detailed information on Scotty's cadet days and Air Force career that you and your siblings might like to know. Two members of A2 who remain very active in class affairs and were likely close to him are: Pete Fikaris, pfikrais@comcast.net and Tommy West, westtc@comcast.net. Scotty's webpage on the class homepage is http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1955/PWP/AdamF.htm.

Hope this is of help to you and know that Pete Fikaris and Tommy West, stalwart members of Company A2 will be able to share some of their memories of Scotty.

All best wishes,

CARL

Carl H. McNair, Jr.
Major General, US Army (RET)
President, USMA Class of 1955
(O) 703-645-4460
(Fax) 703-573-5563
e mail: cmcnair2@csc.com


*****Original Message*****
From: Brandon Adams "bmadams21@yahoo.com"
Date: 05/16/2009 11:35 AM
To: Carl H McNair/CORP/SC/CSC@CSC
Subject: Scotty Adams

It took me forever to find something relevant of my grandfather, and I would like to thank you. I am his grandson, Brandon Michael Adams, son of Ian Douglas Adams. I've noticed all the photos and I must say my father certainly got his side of the genetics from my grandfather. The overwhelming sense of joy and heartache from finally finding something of my grandfather's legacy has shaken me. Seeing as he died shortly before my father's birth, my side of the family never got to know anything of the man, but I yearned to know more of my ancestry. I'm proud to see his memory lives on. It just saddens me to think me, my sisters, and my poor father will never get to know him as you, his classmates, did. If you need proof I am indeed his grandson, we have pictures and items which belonged to him in our possession, and Margaret can vouch for us as well. Just ask her of her crazy firefighter brother Ian. If anything I would like to leave a quote for his page, I feel indebted to say something, although he is a man I never knew. Excuse my rambling, I'm just overwhelmed. I've spent eons searching the web and libraries for information on him, yet could find nothing, and here, finally, I may have found what I'm looking for. I want to understand my families past, and the first keystone in that search is Francis "Scotty" Adams.

I thank you for reading this letter, and wish you the best.

Sincerely,

Brandon Michael Adams


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Dear Brandon,

I was touched by your letter to our West Point class President Carl McNair. It's indeed a pity that Scotty was taken from us at such a young age. You'd have been proud of him and I'm sure he'd be proud of you. I first met him when we were both assigned to the US Military Academy Prep School in Newburgh, New York. He was an Air Force Sergeant having successfully competed for an appointment to the Academy. I was an Air Force Private having enlisted so that I would be assigned there. I had a Congressional appointment to the Academy but had been working as a professional tap dancer for the two years since High School and felt that the Prep School training would be a good refresher and help me pass the entrance exams we would be taking the following Spring.

Scotty, in addition to being smart and an excellent airman, had a wonderful sense of humor that lifted the spirits of all those around him. We worked together on the entertainment for a dance that was held at the Prep School one Saturday evening and later, when we were cadets, also worked together on our Hundredth Night Shows, with Scotty providing the humor and me providing the dance. When he signed my Prep School yearbook he wrote in part, "Roy, Been a pleasure teaching you to dance"

I'm sure you're already aware that he was an exceptional soccer player and was singularly responsible for many of the Army victories.

I have several pictures of Scotty from both Prep School and West Point. Some you may have seen already and some you may not have. I'll attach some of them to this e-mail and then send the rest in separate e-mails so that I don't overload the system with too many attachments to one e-mail. If you'd like a photo copy or several copies of any of them just let me know and send me your mailing address.

Your grandfather was a very special person. Even though we didn't have the same parents he's my brother.

Best regards,

Roy Thorsen
MAY 2009


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Carol Adams Hopkins

(29 NOV 2010)

Born Carol Burr on August 19, 1939 at Laredo, Texas

I would consider that I had an ordinary childhood. I was in Brownies, Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls. I loved to read and once a week would go to the Library and check out a book for each day and in the evenings I would settle in my room and read. I had childhood asthma and even though my parents tried to keep me in classes such a dancing and gymnastics, I usually could not finish any physical type classes. Thank God, my mother, both grandmothers and an aunt were teachers so I was mostly home schooled.

I graduated High School in 1955, and attended Jr. College until I met and Married a young pilot named Scotty Adams. He was so vivacious, so animated, with such a sense of humor. It was love at first sight. We were seldom apart after that meeting. We were married Feb 28, 1958. My grandfather was not too pleased that I was marrying a "Yankee" let alone a foreigner, but Scotty won him over.

Our daughter, Margaret, was born Dec 4th, 1959 at Syracuse, NY where Scotty was going to the University of Syracuse to obtain his Doctorate in Social Sciences (he never finished his thesis) and a Masters' degree in Geography. We moved to West Point in 1960, our son, Scott, was born there in 1961. Life was comfortable, predictable and idyllic until that one day when he went to fly and never came home. We were at the end of Scotty's tour at West Point and headed back to the Air Force Command & General Staff School, when Scotty was killed in an aircraft accident over Keene, NH. It was Margaret's birthday and we had planned to celebrate it the next day while on a trip with the Soccer team (makeup game for the one cancelled by the death of JFK) with a cake to be served with lunch. The department and so many friends helped me through this difficult time and when our third child, Ian, had been born and I had had the time to get life headed in this new direction without the man I loved, we moved back to Texas to be near family but not to near so that I could learn to stand on my own two feet and take care of my little family. Those of you who knew Scotty must know that he left everything in order for me - even notebooks with every scenario covered. He had always had a premonition that he would die when he was thirty three and that is how his life ended. In Scotty's memorial someone wrote that I was never the same. Well, that is true, I had to dig deep and find that strength and courage to keep on moving forward which is something Scotty taught me. I have kept praying and moving forward learning to be the person he would want me to be as he entrusted me with his most precious possession - his children.

I moved to Ft. Worth, bought a small house near the Air Base and life began to have some promise that things were getting better. I remarried December 31, 1966. We moved Several times and in 1972 we moved from Denver, Colorado to Las Vegas, Nevada where I have lived since that time. My oldest son, Scott, was killed in a motorcycle accident his sophomore year in college. I divorced in 1982. I began working after Scott passed away, both for mental direction and emotional healing. Scott was an incredible young man, He was varsity Soccer, Golf and played a guitar and had a small band while in high school. He was a Demolay and a born again Christian. He worked part time at the old MGM in the coffee shop and tried every way he knew to be his father's son. He also coached a girl's soccer team.

Ian is a fine man, incredible father and asset to his community He is a Las Vegas firefighter /paramedic with three wonderful children. He is a licensed Scuba instructor, and does Ski Patrol Rescue. After a divorce that left him with custody of the children, I moved to North Las Vegas and helped him raise the children for several years. He always wanted to be a Dad. I haven't seen Margaret since 1983.

When the children were younger as my type of "work from home" I bet baseball for a living and it turned out to be the best of both worlds - family time and financial security. I was offered a job in the Race & Sports Book at Sam's Town and ended up running the Sports book. Several years later, I was offered a job at the original Aladdin Hotel as Sports' supervisor. Eventually, degenerate gamblers and gaming atmosphere got to me, so I left to run a small private airport which is now Henderson Executive Airport. The County purchased the airport and preferring to not be a county employee, I went to work for a large air tour company, Air Vegas Airlines. I took classes and moved up to dispatcher. Nine/eleven left a lot of our tour companies in bad financial state and this one went out of business. I was now getting on in age and realizing I needed something more permanent, so I started my own business handling sales transactions for realtors. Real Estate was booming and the time I could save the realtor was valuable time for sales. After a stroke April of 2009, I retired but have kept a small business as a mobile notary, doing notaries, living wills, trusts, foreclosures and document signing service.

I am now enjoying my church, gardening, walking, writing a book, running a ministry for animals abandoned by owners who when they go into foreclosure go off and just leave the pets behind to fend for themselves. I don't know what else to do except keep moving forward. Life is what we make it. When the realization that I am not going to get out of this life alive got through to me, I decided to give retirement my best shot, slow down and enjoy whatever time I have left. I wish Health, Happiness and Peace to all I know. Enjoy ever step you take forward, learn from ever step you happen to take backwards - Life is too short and when we take shortcuts, we only short change ourselves.


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2017 Army Hall of Fame Inductee



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