Adams Honor Roll
Adams is a very small town. The 1880 census showed a population of 237 and it took 30 years for that number to double. The high point was 672 in 1920 and the Depression years hit hard. By World War II the population had fallen back to just about 500 - and it has increased only 150 since then, despite the prosperity of the area.
As a result, each military loss is deeply felt. Children raised here are remembered as kids well into their adult years. Oscar Porter was 22 when he died while serving in WW I, he lies at rest in the Red River Cemetery and his marker does not mention his service. Lester Whitehead, Pete Walling and Clif Rust were all lost in WW II. Pete is out at Red River, he was 29 when he died in Europe. Rust died in the Phillipines and I was unable to find anything about Whitehead.
Mack Cavender died September 1, 1950 at Naktong Bulge in Korea. He was a PFC with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Inf Regiment of the 2nd Inf Division. He had likely seen action at Yongsan when the war first broke out. Later he probably saw more of the carnage at Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, and T-Bone Hill. Those were the places where men and their units became legends. Six men of his unit were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken in the days surrounding Cavender's death - two of them on the day he was killed.
Russell Corbin Jr was known as "Buddy" to his childhood friends. He was a 19 year old Marine Lance Corporal, in courntry only 10 weeks when a mortar attacked killed him on Feburary 7, 1968. Online remembrances of him describe a tall, gentle and friendly, kid who was a baseball pitcher with a wicked sidearm throw. Nearly fifty years later his classmates recall him fondly. 135 Other American servicemen died in combat on that day. 135 Other American communities that still collectively mourn their soldiers lost to war.
The final name found upon this marker is that of MSgt Kevin N Morehead. Age 33, he was not a native of Adams. He was born and raised in Arkansas, where his parents still reside. I can't find his connection to Adams and can only speculate that the town's proximity to Fort Cambell, Kentucky, likely created the link. The important fact is that this small town again put another chip into the pile. The red, white, and blue chips in this game don't represent quarters, halfs, and dollars. They represent sacrifice, patriotism, and unity.