Senior Master Sergeant Howard Adams was born on 17 February 1927 in Madison, Indiana and enlisted in the US Navy on September 13, 1944, becoming a radio operator. He finished 150 hours of flight training at Norfolk, VA. His sea duty during World War II include assignments to the U.S.S. Burke and the U.S.S. LSM-397. Howard Adams left the US Navy and enlisted in the fledging US Air Force on 1 September 1948. Senior Master Sergeant Adams distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life near Sumter, South Carolina on 28 February 1965. On that date, Sergeant Adams rushed to the scene of a flaming automobile collision. With complete disregard for his own safety, and amid the danger of exploding fuel tanks, Sergeant Adams unhesitatingly entered the wreckage and persevered in the humanitarian rescue of four seriously injured and unconscious persons to a place of safety. By his courageous actions and humanitarian regard for his fellow man, Sergeant Adams has reflected great credit upon himself and the US Air Force. For his heroic actions on this date, Sergeant Howard Adams was awarded the Airman’s Medal, the nation’s highest award for heroism during non-combat operations.