From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Hugh Adair, Jr. '48

Date of birth: August 7, 1924

Date of death: October 2, 1950

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:

1948-B 9th Company

Silver Star

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.


Several different sites claim he was awarded the Navy Cross (and do not list his Silver Star); that appears to be incorrect.

Class of 1948

Hugh is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.