Henry Adams was born in April 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. Henry grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, living with his mother, father, and brother, Hap. His family spent summers at their farm in Deerfield, Massachusetts. On February 14, 1942, at the age of 20, Henry was commissioned into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant after attending Brown University, studying Geology.
During his time in the military, Henry served as an instructor with the Chemical Warfare School in Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, and with the Anti-aircraft Artillery School at Camp Davis, North Carolina. As a Radar Officer, he was the Chief Project Engineer for the development of counter-mortar radar. Henry also served the Joint Task Force One where he was part of the atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. Henry recalls that he was in charge of writing the report for Chemical Warfare in Operation Crossroads. The name of the report was called Annex H and it took him four months to write.
Henry was married 65 years to his wife, Barbara and they had two sons, Peter and David. Henry spent 30 years in the Army, retiring March 15, 1972. After retiring from the Army, Henry began working for the New England Telephone Company in Portland where he retired in 1985. After working for the phone company, he and Barbara, volunteered at Mercy Hospital in Portland on Wednesdays. Henry went in at noon time to volunteer in the public relations department, while his wife worked at the front desk. Henry recalls that he and his wife enjoyed eating dinner and talking with the nuns at the hospital. While also volunteering at the hospital, Mr. Adams was part of the Cape Elizabeth town council. He was the project manager for the refurbishment of the Portland Head Light, turning the garage into what is now the gift shop, and a part of decommissioning the lighthouse. All of the money made from the lighthouse funded the project and stays within Fort Williams. Henry also played a large role for the Boy Scouts in Cumberland County. He was Scoutmaster to Troop 80, and took a turn at district chairman for the Casco Bay District.
Henry has been at the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough since 2018. He enjoys watching the Red Sox and football, listening to Nat King Cole, and spending time with his family.
Thank You, Henry, for your service to our nation!
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