The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ADAMS, STANLEY T.
Rank and organization: Master Sergeant
(then Sfc.), U.S. Army, Company A, 19th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near
Sesim-ni, Korea, 4 February 1951. Entered service at: Olathe, Kans. Born:
9 May 1922, DeSoto, Kans. G.O. No.: 66, 2 August 1951.
M/Sgt. Adams, Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy. At approximately 0100 hours,
M/Sgt. Adams' platoon, holding an outpost some 200 yards ahead of his company, came under
a determined attack by an estimated 250 enemy troops. Intense small-arms, machinegun, and
mortar fire from 3 sides pressed the platoon back against the main line of resistance.
Observing approximately 150 hostile troops silhouetted against the skyline advancing
against his platoon, M/Sgt. Adams leaped to his feet, urged his men to fix bayonets, and
he, with 13 members of his platoon, charged this hostile force with indomitable courage.
Within 50 yards of the enemy M/Sgt. Adams was knocked to the ground when pierced in the
leg by an enemy bullet. He jumped to his feet and, ignoring his wound, continued on to
close with the enemy when he was knocked down 4 times from the concussion of grenades
which had bounced off his body. Shouting orders he charged the enemy positions and engaged
them in hand-to-hand combat where man after man fell before his terrific onslaught with
bayonet and rifle butt. After nearly an hour of vicious action M/Sgt. Adams and his
comrades routed the fanatical foe, killing over 50 and forcing the remainder to withdraw.
Upon receiving orders that his battalion was moving back he provided cover fire while his
men withdrew. M/Sgt. Adams' superb leadership, incredible courage, and consummate devotion
to duty so inspired his comrades that the enemy attack was completely thwarted, saving his
battalion from possible disaster. His sustained personal bravery and indomitable fighting
spirit against overwhelming odds reflect the utmost glory upon himself and uphold the
finest traditions of the infantry and the military service.