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Ronald Wayne Adams

April 2, 1938 — July 22, 2022


Ronald Wayne Adams


SERGEANT MAJOR, Untied States Army, Retired, Combat Veteran, Bronze Star Recipient.

Ronald Wayne Adams, of Fayetteville, peacefully departed this earth on July 22, 2022. Ronald was born April 2, 1938, in Hanover, New Hampshire to the late Rodney Arthur Adams and Myrtie Inez Godda Adams. He is a native of Bridgewater, Vermont.

Ronald married the love of his life, Irene Rita Zimmermann, in Augsburg, Germany and they traveled the world together. He was a loyal and loving family man.

Sgt. Maj. Adams retired from the Army with honor in 1985. He received the LEGION of MERIT for over 30 years of outstanding service to our country.

His worldwide assignments included Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Advanced Training and Jump

School, 11th AIRBORNE DIVISION, Fort Campbell, KY, B Battery, 88th AAA Battalion, Munich, Germany, 11th Military Police Det, Augsburg, Germany, Task Force 201, Beirut, LEBANON, Mortar Battery, 2/501St ABG, and 82nd Military Police Det, 82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION, Fort Bragg, NC, 118th Military Police Company„ XVIII ABN CORPS & FORT BRAGG, Fort Bragg, NC, 6th Special Forces Group (ABN), Fort Bragg, N C,

COMBAT SERVICE with 1st Brigade, 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION, Vietnam, Camp Zama, Japan,

Headquarters, 716 Military Police Battalion, Vietnam, Headquarters, 385th Military Police Battalion

Kornwestheim, Germany, 42nd Military Police Group (Customs), Heidelberg, Germany, PMO,



Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, SGM, PMO, Fort Bragg, NC, SGM, S3, 16th MP BDE, SGM, Community Life Program, Fort Bragg, NC.PMO, Headquarters, WESTERN AREA COMMAND, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. His last assignment was Director, Personnel Services Center, Fort Bragg, NC.

Ronald spent more than 11 years of service to our country on assignment overseas. His professionalism and determination to excel were demonstrated constantly throughout his military career. He was an honor graduate of three major military schools: Advanced Airborne School, 1959; Nuclear Biological and Chemical School, 1964; and Military Police Supervisors Course, 1966.

Sgt. Maj. Adams was the recipient of numerous awards, which included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star

Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (10 Awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional

Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Master Parachute Badge, Special Forces Tab, Presidential Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

A devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous church committees, was an Advanced Lay Speaker and served as Chairman of the Administrative Council.

 He served two years as President of Braxton Bragg Chapter, Association of the United Army. He was a Regional Vice President for Coleman American Moving Services for many years and served two years as the President of the North Carolina Movers Association. President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 11th Airborne Division Association. President of the Headquarters Chapter, Retired Military Police Association. North Carolina State President, Association of the United States Army and VICE PRESIDENT. 3rd REGION. AUSA.

He was a life member of the Bridgewater, Vermont Historical Society, 11th Airborne Division Association, Special Forces Association, Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of American Legion, a member on the Board of Appeals on Buildings and Dwellings, City of Fayetteville, NC.

Mr. Adams is preceded in death by his wife, Irene. He is survived by son Michael and wife Shirley, son Gary and wife Cil. Three grandchildren, Kayla, Davis and Dylan. One great grandchild, Ellanese.

A graveside service will be held Thursday July 28, 10AM at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery 8220 Bragg Blvd.

A Memorial service will be held Thursday July 28, 12 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church 6974 Raeford Rd. 28304

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Services are entrusted to Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.

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Graveside Service

Thursday, July 28, 2022

10:00 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

8220 Bragg Blvd., Fort Liberty, NC 28310

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