Adams - McKain
Updated: 31 July 2011
This site will NOT be updated after this date (31 July 2011). Please go to the new Adams-McKain website and click on the "Veterans" link for the most current updates.
(NOTE: This list includes members of the Adams, McKain &
related families who were veterans of America's wars and also peacetime
veterans. If you have knowledge of other veterans, please contact Jim Adams email: adamsmckain @ gmail.com) We welcome photographs, stories, letters, diaries, etc.
Please see the 2001 and 2002 Adams-McKain Farmily Reunion Newsletters for more complete information on our veterans.
Helpful hints in searching for a military veteran.
French & Indian
- Lt. Joel Adams (b. 20 December 1729 in Suffield,
Hartford, CT, d. March 1820 in Marlboro, Windham, VT) married Elizabeth Fowler
in Suffield, Hartford, CT (b. 20 December 1729 in Greenfield, Huron, OH, d. 24
May 1814 in Thetford, Orange, VT). He was a soldier in the French War, and was
wounded in the Battle of Lake George, 1755. He held a Lieutenant's commission
under the English crown. He is said to have manumitted his slaves that they
might participate in the war for independence. He settled in Marlboro, Vt. His
will was probated Mar., 1820. He left his property to his wife, his sons Job,
Bildad, and Joel, Jr., and to his daughters Lucina Hale, Elizabeth Otis, and
Sarah Winchester; Joel Jr. was named executor. (From: Andrew Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Mass.
and His Descendants 1635-1900
). This was the first significant (British) colonial victory over the
French in the French & Indian War.
- Horace Hale Adams
- Pvt. Job Adams, Sr (Twin of Bildad Adams)
- Dr. Timothy Puffer (2nd Great-Grandfather of Roxanna Arvilla Bent Adams)
Mexican - American War
- Bildad Adams was a private in Captain Parson's Company of calvary attached to the 3rd Regiment (Williams) Vermont Militia. The company muster and payroll slips are in the family reunion collection.
- Capt. Job Adams, Jr.
- George Adams (Brother of Job, Jr.)
- Ebenezer Copley
- Isaac Leonard Bates, Corporal, Company C, 3rd
Michigan Cavalry, Sgt., Company D
- George Washington Alford, Corporal, 6th Regiment, Michigan Volunteers,
Company D. He died from wounds received in action at Port Hudson, LA. He is buried in Grave 2381, Section 36, Baton Rouge National Cemetery. See Newsletter #9.
- David McKain, 1st Michigan Infantry (Battle of Bull Run)
- Ira Puffer
- Charles Puffer
- Luther Kinney
- Joseph Kinney (1826-1856). GAR marker next to grave in Kern Cemetery
- Warren G. Kinney (1829-1912) Co I, 13 MI Infantry marker next to gravestone in Kern Cemetery.
- Corp. Nathan S. Kinney, enl. Dec. 26, 1863; must. out Feb. 15, 1866. Twelfth Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H.
- Evander S. Mack, b. 1842, d. 1916. Co D 1st Mich E&M (great grandfather of Rollie & Bruce Morse)
Spanish - American War
WW1 ("The Great War")
- Ross Uri Adams, Captain, US Medical Corps. See Newsletters #3 and 4.
- Harry Alford Adams, Lieut., Company
M, 11th US Infantry, serving in France.. See Newsletters #3 and 4.
- Grace Adams, wife of Dr. Ross U. Adams and served as a nurse in WW1.
- Carroll Irving Gale, Sergeant, US Army. See 2002 Newsletter for complete story.
- Don Price, US Navy, was 17 when he joined.
- Carl Adams, US Army. Stationed at "Normal", now Western Michigan University.
- William Leon Kunce, telegraph operator in France.
- Francis J. Nemmers, CO B 4th REPL REG. (1893 - 1918)
- Nestor Nemmers (probably son of George C. & Margaret Frantzen Nemmers)
- Francis John "Frank" Nemmers. Died of Spanish influenza while in WW1 service.
- Leo Nemmers.
- William Armstrong Browne. Married to Ruth Sykes. One of the youngest men to enter WWI serving in France with the 16th Engineers. (1900-1987)
- Lt. Col. Donald Francis Brown
(retired) US Army
- Emil Jean Brown
US Army. Enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in October, 1940 with the Holland Unit, Co. D 126 Infantry, 32nd Division. His Army training was in Camp Beauregard & Camp Livingston, LA. He graduated from the 32nd Div. Enlisted Men's Training school in 1941 and sailed from San Francisco in April 1942, landing in Australia in May 1942. The Red Arrow Division was first to embark for overseas duty in one convoy and were first in New Guinea where he was killed on active duty 26 Nov 1942.
NARA War Dept File
- Gordon Adams, Private, US Army.
- John "Jack" Keith Adams, PFC, US Army Engineer Corps. Entered the US Merchant Marine in 1941 and was sent to the Coast Guard training station at Hoffman Island in New York Harbor. Volunteered for active duty in the US Army in 1943 and was sent to Basic Engineer training in Camp White, OR; Fort Lewis, WA; Camp Howze, TX; then to the 250th Combat Engineer Battalion at Camp McCoy, WI. Landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France and saw duty in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany & Austria. Discharged in 1946.
- Allen Bennett Copley
, Corporal US Army, served in New Guinea and Australia. Entered the service in 1941 at Fort Custer. Transferred to Company 1 of the 126th Infantry and went to Camp Livingston, LA & was sent overseas. He earned $79.20/month while serving in New Guinea.
- Robert Kunce, US Army
- Wayne Sykes, served is a Commander in the South Atlantic. He served for 3 years and was stationed in Brazil.
- Pvt. Adeline Thornton, US Army. Served as a WAC with the US Signal Corps. Enlisted in 1942 and sent to Fort Des Moines. More on Adeline & Andrew in the 2002 Newsletter.
- Staff Sgt. Andrew Thornton, US Army. Airplane mechanic and aerial gunner. Entered the service in 1942 at Fort Custer, was sent to Chanute Field, Rantoul, IL and then to Wendover Gunnery School, UT. Stationed at Gowen Field, Boise, ID as a member of the 43rd Bomber Squadron. He was a Flying Fortress aerial engineer and top turret gunner and flew 50 bombing missions over Sicily, France & the Balkans. More on Adeline & Andrew in the 2002 Newsletter.
- Carl Ketchum, Jr. (brother of Adeline Thornton), Fireman First Class, US Navy.
- Hale Adams Thornton, Jr., US Army.
- Phillip Powell, US Air Corps, Pacific Theatre
- Jay Vliek, US Army, 1944 - 1946, Panama
- Albert John Nemmers, Pvt. 415 TECH SCH SQ AAF IA WW2
- Leroy G. Nemmers. US Army. 2nd Lt. Buried in Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee, IA. Plot: Section D, Site 241. War Dept File
- Gerald Leo Nemmers, US Navy. Served in both the Atlantic & Pacific. Stationed in England building bridges used in the D-Day invasion.
- John P. Nemmers, US Marine Corps. Served in the Pacific campaign in special weapons.
- John Nemmers, US Army.
- Robert William "Bob" Nemmers, US Navy. Served as a pilot & flight instructor.
- Lawrence H. Vogt, 1/LT US Army Air Force. His B-17 was shot down on a mission during WW2. Husband of Flo Nemmers.
- Eugene Nemmers.
- Toby Norman Nemmers, US Merchant Marines. Findagrave.com
- James A. Cornett. Paratrooper. Army 1 & 3 BN 503 PIR Pacific Theatre. Husband of Flo Nemmers.
- Clayton Francis Nemmers. US Navy. Member of Admiral Byrd's 1946 Antarctic Expedition.
- George C. Adams, 2nd Lieut. US Army
- Daniel Adams, US Navy. Served on USS Carpenter in 1966
- Gerald C. Adams
- Dennis Munson
- Jim Dentler
- Keri Throneberry
- Jeff Adams
- Doug Adams
- Tim Adams, US Army
- Mike West, US Navy
- Robert Wetherell, US Army
- Floyd Hurt, US Air Force, Aleutian Islands
- Horace Hale Adams
- Gerald Adams, US Army. Trained at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and later served at Fort Devens, MA in Army security.
National World War II Memorial
WWII US Veterans