HUGH D. ADAIR, JR., 2LT, USMC
From the 1948-B Lucky Bag:
HUGH DONALD ADAIR, JR.
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Nobody has ever quite figured Adair out . . . somewhere he picked up the handle Cactus Jack and that only lends fuel to the fire of mystery which surrounds him . . . this level-headed character has plenty of rumors tacked on him that may be clues to the real story behind his calm outer shell. Some say he rode the western range as a deputy sheriff when he was still in his middle teens ... he comes from Atlanta and has a lush southern drawl that fits perfectly with his reserved nature and untouchable poise. Erect posture . . . alert appearance . . . militaristic air about his actions and manners . . . we wonder sometimes if Jack's blissful innocence and gullible attitude aren't just a clever guise to give us an occasional laugh. Quiet . . . serious to the nth degree . . . and, ironically enough, just a slightly different sense of humor . . . can never quite understand what amuses him . . . but amused he is, upon occasion Cactus is a conscientious worker and finds time for much that isn't included in the regular schedule . . . has a nice build earned through many hours of exercise and energetic participation in the more manly sports . . . Cactus is really an interesting classmate and we've always had loads of fun with him ... his trail will not be the beaten path.
Hugh was a member of the Wardroom Panel. He graduated from the 9th Company with the class of 1948-B in June 1948. (The top half of the class academically, designated 1948-A, graduated in June 1947 as the last wartime-accelerated class.)
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Hugh Donald Adair, Jr. (MCSN: 0-49616), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces south of Uijongbu, Korea, on 2 October 1950. Assigned the mission of seizing the crest of a precipitous hill defended by a fiercely resisting enemy deeply entrenched in well-camouflaged positions, Second Lieutenant Adair boldly led his unit in a vigorous assault against the hostile stronghold until pinned down near the crest of the hill by a barrage of heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire. Fearlessly charging the enemy, he inspired his platoon to launch a vigorous attack, overrun the hostile emplacements and rout the enemy. In order to hold the newly won position, he established a hasty defense and, while personally reconnoitering in front of his own line, was mortally wounded by hostile grenades. His aggressive leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and heroic devotion to duty were contributing factors in the seizure of the platoon's objective and reflect great credit upon Second Lieutenant Adair and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: October 2, 1950
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
It appears Hugh was survived by his parents.
|Class of 1948|
|Hugh is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 in Memorial Hall.|
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