Army Veteran Raymond S. Adams is today's Veteran of the Day.

During Black History Month, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Raymond S. Adams, who served as a military policeman in Vietnam.

Raymond S. Adams was born in 1949. Adams enlisted in the Army in 1972 while living in Dayton, Ohio. Instead of waiting for the draft, he enlisted to support his family.

Adams went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to complete basic training. Adams recalled that he saw Kentucky in a new light: he had never seen it like that before, with red mud and boulders everywhere. Initially, he felt isolated and lonely, not knowing anyone at basic training. There, however, he got back in shape and ready for war. He said his training helped build his spirits.

Adams’ first tour was in Korea, where he served for 13 months. He then came back to the U.S. to Indiana, then went to Thailand. He said he especially enjoyed the food in Thailand and would continue to indulge in it after his service as well.

Adams went to Vietnam in 1972. As part of the military police, his responsibilities included knowing the law, performing security tasks and guard duty. He and his fellow soldiers would often hold barbecues to keep up traditions from back home. They also pranked each other to keep up their spirits and humor. Some of his most memorable experiences during all his years in service, however, were of coming back to his family and having them visit him at his various postings within the U.S.

Adams received various citations and medals during his service, including five letters of commendation.

Following his discharge in 1977, Adams returned home to his wife, Diane, and their children. He retired from GM Truck & Bus Group. At the age of 69, Adams passed away in March 2019, surrounded by his family and friends.

We honor his service.

Click here to find more information about his service.

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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at


Writer: Harshini Ravi

Editor: Kara Anderson, Essence McPherson

Fact checker: Ariel Coronado

Graphic artist: Alyssa Morford

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Published on Feb. 25, 2021

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  1. Windell Miller February 26, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Congratulations to Me. Raymond S. Adams for his valuable dedicated and selfless service to the great people of the United States of America and upholding the oath and allegiance of the Constitution of the United States on this year Army’s Veteran Day , immortalizing all of those who along the ranks sought to build the strength, integrity, courage and honor of their service to country emblazoned by the tracks left back in the Army; an indelible footprints in the sands of time….. GOD BLESS AMERICA….

  2. sigmund glaser February 25, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Being a fellow Vietnam Veteran, I wish to just say to Raymonds family that he’s one of the good guys. Unfortunatley he did die young. But as a MP as well and other military jobs I am the fellow soldier who wishes to carry on the good vibes of Mr. Adams.

    Sigmund Glaser

  3. Senior Veterans Care Network February 25, 2021 at 11:43 am

    We honor the service of Raymond S. Adams.

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