Born: Oct. 26, 1922 in Port Arthur, Texas
Died: March 31, 2003
Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams graduated from Port Arthur High School in 1943 in the middle of WWII.
Like most young men of his era, he immediately enlisted in the army. Adams received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during WWII near St. Die, France, on October 28, 1944, when he single-handedly knocked out the three machine gun emplacements which were destroying supply lines between several U.S. Army companies in the area.
To honor Adams for his achievements, Aurora Park in Port Arthur was renamed Lucian Adams Field, and a monument was erected in 1974. In 1986 a section of 61st Street in Port Arthur was also renamed in his honor.
In 2011 Port Arthur Independent School District honored Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams by naming a local elementary school for him.
Besides the Medal of Honor, Adams received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for gallantry in action during the Casino campaign in Italy.
After the war, Adams worked for 40 years with the Veterans Administration in various offices, mostly in San Antonio. He retired in 1986 and resided in San Antonio until his death in 2003.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society lists the citation as follows:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 28 October 1944, near St. Die, France. When his company was stopped in its effort to drive through the Mortagne Forest to reopen the supply line to the isolated third battalion, SSgt. Adams braved the concentrated fire of machine guns in a lone assault on a force of German troops. Although his company had progressed less than 10 yards and had lost three killed and six wounded, SSgt. Adams charged forward dodging from tree to tree firing a borrowed BAR from the hip. Despite intense machine-gun fire which the enemy directed at him and rifle grenades which struck the trees over his head, showering him with broken twigs and branches, SSgt. Adams made his way to within 10 yards of the closest machine gun and killed the gunner with a hand grenade. An enemy soldier threw hand grenades at him from a position only 10 yards distant; however, SSgt. Adams dispatched him with a single burst of BAR fire. Charging into the vortex of the enemy fire, he killed another machine gunner at 15 yards' range with a hand grenade and forced the surrender of two supporting infantrymen. Although the remainder of the German group concentrated the full force of its automatic-weapon fire in a desperate effort to knock him out, he proceeded through the woods to find and exterminate five more of the enemy. Finally, when the third German machine gun opened up on him at a range of 20 yards, SSgt. Adams killed the gunner with BAR fire. In the course of the action, he personally killed nine Germans, eliminated three enemy machine guns, vanquished a specialized force which was armed with automatic weapons, and grenade launchers, cleared the woods of hostile elements and reopened the severed supply lines to the assault companies of his battalion.
Lucian Adams is enshrined as member of the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Notable People Hall of Fame.