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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 23, 1920
Date of death: March 20, 1945
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

John Calusel Adams, Jr.

Mobile, Alabama

That striking flash of determination in his gray eyes is what one first spots in Jay. He's an Alabama rebel, but lacks that "deep" accent, which he lost somewhere in his wanderings as a Navy junior. A gifted story teller, he was always the center of good company. Though adapted to lacrosse and football, Jay was fascinated by the gym, especially liked rope-climbing. If we're not shipmates with him again, we'll remember his geniality, his ability to stick by his guns, and that flare for grasping the details of the how and the why of things, which will carry him far in our Navy.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


John was lost when USS Kete (SS 369) was sunk by an unknown cause, sometime around March 20, 1945, near the Ryukyu Islands.

He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Griffith Adams.

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John Windheim, Jr. '44 and Raymond Strassle '44 were also on the lacrosse team.

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