Phillip Curtis Adams

Private, U.S. Army


524th Quartermaster Company
U.S. Army Cam Ranh Bay Support Command
1st Logistical Command

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: May 5, 1970
Buried at: 


PRIVATE PHILLIP CURTIS ADAMS was born on May 24th, 1950 to Matthew and Betty Adams in Camden, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Army, and served our country as a Petroleum Supply Specialist.

Phillip Curtis Adams graduated from Camden High School. In June of 1967 he married Karrenn R. Gauthney. They had two children, Phillip C. II. and Valencia. 

Private Adams began his tour of duty in Vietnam on December 4, 1969. He was assigned to the 524th Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Cam Ranh Bay Support Command, a component of the 1st Logistical Command. The Cam Ranh Bay Support Command provided logistical support for a brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, the lst Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, and parts of the Korean 9th Division.

On May 5th, 1970, Private Phillip Curtis Adams drowned in Khanh Hoa province, South Vietnam trying to save the life of his best friend in the unit. At the time of his death he was 19 years old and was married. His body was recovered, and he was returned to the United States for burial..

is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on Panel 11W, Row 99.


** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
and there contact information may not be good anymore **

My Brother Phillip forever

I was the one who tried to save you that day as you gave your life trying to save your best friend in our unit. All of these years went by and I still see you that day and I still try to save you. I sang at your memorial we held for you. We fought for you to be awarded the soldiers cross and I don't know how that turned out. I cannot understand what else you could have done to deserve the highest award and why we had to beg them to consider. It's ok though God saw everything and I know he has watched over you and your family. see you later my friend and brother

SP/4 Donal Reeves
fellow soldier vietnam co.
Ewing twp. NJ. 08638 USA
Nov 2, 2006


You were my Camden County, NJ neighbor, but we never met. You died on my 17th birthday. I was applying for my driver's permit in Berlin, NJ that day. You were in South Vietnam giving your life in the service your country. You weren't much older than I and lived only a few miles down the road. Yet our lives were worlds apart. It's possible that you had no choice but to enlist, or maybe you were drafted. I was able to go on to college. Although deferrments were eliminated a year before, my lottery number was very high at 292. Two of my good friends had #7. However, they and, as I recall, no one born in 1953 was drafted. Perhaps your sacrifice in 1970 is the reason we now are enjoying life, family & friends in 2003. THANK YOU!

Mike Burgoon
Admirer & Neighbor
Haddon Township, NJ
Sunday, November 09, 2003