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Veterans from the Adams-McKain Families

Updated: 07 July 2015 (NOTE: The "old" site has NOT been updated since 31 July 2011)

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(NOTE: This list includes members of the Adams, McKain & related families who were veterans of America's wars and also peacetime veterans. If you have knowledge of other veterans, please contact Jim Adams  We welcome photographs, stories, letters, diaries, etc. 

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Military veterans of the Adams, McKain, and related families (American Revolution period to the present). Please contact Jim Adams with your pictures and veterans' stories for inclusion in the family history project.  Search "Military Records" at (membership required)

French & Indian War 1754 - 1763

  • Lt. Joel Adams (b. 20 December 1729 in Suffield, Hartford, CT, d. March 1820 in Marlboro, Windham, VT) married Elizabeth Fowler in Suffield, Hartford, CT (b. 20 December 1729 in Greenfield, Huron, OH, d. 24 May 1814 in Thetford, Orange, VT). He was a soldier in the French War, and was wounded in the Battle of Lake George, 1755. He held a Lieutenant's commission under the English crown. He is said to have manumitted his slaves that they might participate in the war for independence. He settled in Marlboro, Vt. His will was probated Mar., 1820. He left his property to his wife, his sons Job, Bildad, and Joel, Jr., and to his daughters Lucina Hale, Elizabeth Otis, and Sarah Winchester; Joel Jr. was named executor. (From: Andrew Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Mass. and His Descendants 1635-1900 ). This was the first significant (British) colonial victory over the French in the French & Indian War.
American Revolution  1776 - 1783
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  • Pvt. Job Adams, Sr. (Twin of Bildad Adams) VT militia in Capt. Jonathan Warren's Company of Col. John Sergeant's 7th Regiment. Served with Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys. (U.S. Nat. Arch., Vet Rec., Job Adams & John E. Goodrich, State of VT, Rolls of Soldiers in the Revolutionary War-Rutland, Vt. 1904. p. 807.
  • Dr. Timothy Puffer ( 2nd Great-Grandfather of Roxanna Arvilla Bent Adams)
  • Jeremiah Kinney (5th Great-Grand Uncle of Jim Adams) Capt. Ebenezer Webber's co. of Minute-men which marched 20 April 1775 in response to the alarm of 19 April 1775, service to 27 April 1775, 6 days reported enlisted into the army.

War of 1812

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Mexican - American War of 1848

Please contact Jim Adams if you know of family members who served in this war. See the Marcellus News, 10 July 2003 and 17 July 2003, "Southwest Michigan in the Mexican War by Jon Weupper.

Civil War (1861 - 1865)

Please contact Jim Adams  if you know of family members who served in the Civil War.

  • George Washington Alford, Corporal, 6th Regiment, Michigan Volunteers, Company D. He died from wounds received in action at Port Hudson, LA. He is buried in Grave 2381, Section 36, Baton Rouge National Cemetery. See Newsletter #9. Photo.
  • Harry A. Bartlett. Co. F 1st Michigan E & M. Took part in Sherman's "March to the Sea"
  • Isaac Leonard Bates, Sgt., Company C, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Sgt., Company D
  • Joseph Kinney (1826-1856). GAR marker next to grave in Kern Cemetery
  • Luther Kinney
  • Corp. Nathan S. Kinney, enlisted 26 Dec 1863; mustered out 15 Feb 1866. U.S. Army. Co. H, 12th Regiment MI Volunteer Infantry. Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan, MI
  • Warren G. Kinney (1829-1912) Co I, 13 MI Infantry marker next to gravestone in Kern Cemetery.
  • William S. Kinney  5th Calvary Company H. Buried in Glendive, MT. See his letters to his cousin, Uri Mason Adams in 1863.
  • Evander S. Mack, b. 1842, d. 1916. Enlisted as a Private on 19 Aug 1864 at age 32 in Co D 1st Mich Engineers. Discharged 06 June 1865 at Washington, DC (great grandfather of Rollie & Bruce Morse)
  • David McKain, Co. G, 1st Michigan Infantry (Battle of Bull Run) New Carisle Cemetery, IN.
  • Ira Puffer. Co. K, 19th MI Infantry. Transferred to Co. G, 10th MI Infantry. Findagrave. Death Certificate.
  • Charles Puffer. Company A, 29th MI Infantry.
  • Simon Stock (Stuck) Pvt., Company C., 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry (Drafted Militia).

Spanish - American War of 1898

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WW1 --"The Great War" -- 1914 - 1918

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  • Carl Adams, US Army. Stationed at "Normal", now Western Michigan University.
  • Grace Adams, wife of Dr. Ross Uri Adams and served as a nurse in WWI
  • Harry Alford Adams, Lieut., Company M, 11th US Infantry. See Newsletters #3 & #4.
  • Ross Uri Adams, Captain, US Medical Corps. See Newsletters #3 & #4. ent. serv. May 17,1917, as 1 Lt.; called to active service Aug. 20, 1917; sent Detroit, assigned Base Hosp. No. 36; overseas stationed at Vittell, Gondrecourt, Toul; prom. Capt. M. C., assigned Surgical Team for 6 weeks serving in St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne; mustered out May 6,1919, Cmp. Custer.
  • William Armstrong Browne. Married to Ruth Sykes. One of the youngest men to enter WWI serving in France with the 16th Engineers. (1900-1987)
  • Carroll Irving Gale, Sergeant, US Army. See 2002 Newsletter for complete story.
  • William Leon Kunce, telegraph operator in France.
  • Francis J. Nemmers, CO B 4th REPL REG. (1893 - 1918)
  • Francis John "Frank" Nemmers. Died of Spanish influenza while in WW1 service.
  • Leo Nemmers.
  • Nestor Nemmers (probably son of George C. & Margaret Frantzen Nemmers)
  • Don Price, US Navy, was age 17 when he joined.
  • Clifford Gale Pugsley, Student Army Training Corps, Western Michigan University 


WW2 1941 - 1945

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  • Gordon Wayne Adams  Please contact Jim Adams if you have information on Gordon's service.
  • John "Jack" Keith Adams, PFC, US Army Engineer Corps. Entered the US Merchant Marine in 1941 and was sent to the Coast Guard training station at Hoffman Island in New York Harbor. Volunteered for active duty in the US Army in 1943 and was sent to Basic Engineer training in Camp White, OR; Fort Lewis, WA; Camp Howze, TX; then to the 250th Combat Engineer Battalion at Camp McCoy, WI. Landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France and saw duty in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany & Austria. Discharged in 1946.
  • Harry Elderkin "Bud" Ashford. U.S. Army 1942 - 1946
  • Jason Feller Ashford, U.S. Army 2045th Signal Battalion. Philippines, New Guinea, Japan. for Jason Ashford.
  • John W. Bowe, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Col. Donald Francis Brown (retired) US Army
  • Emil Jean Brown US Army. Enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in October, 1940 with the Holland Unit, Co. D 126 Infantry, 32nd Division. His Army training was in Camp Beauregard & Camp Livingston, LA. He graduated from the 32nd Div. Enlisted Men's Training school in 1941 and sailed from San Francisco in April 1942, landing in Australia in May 1942. The Red Arrow Division was first to embark for overseas duty in one convoy and were first in New Guinea where he was killed on active duty 26 Nov 1942.
  • Allen Bennett Copley , Corporal US Army, served in New Guinea and Australia. Entered the service in 1941 at Fort Custer. Transferred to Company 1 of the 126th Infantry and went to Camp Livingston, LA & was sent overseas. He earned $79.20/month while serving in New Guinea.
  • James A. Cornett. Paratrooper. Army 1 & 3 BN 503 PIR Pacific Theater.
  • Sgt. Frank James Dye, U.S. Army Air Forces
  • Carl Ketchum, Jr. (brother of Adeline Thornton)
  • Robert Kunce, US Army
  •  Lt. Vincent G. Lauters, USN (Pacific Theatre)
  • Raymond Francis Maher, TEC 5, U.S. Army
  • Albert John Nemmers, Pvt. 415 TECH SCH SQ AAF IA WW2
  • Leroy G. Nemmers, US Army, 2nd Lt. Buried in Keokuk Natl Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee, IA. Plot: Section D, Site 241. War Dept File.
  • Gerald Leo Nemmers, US Navy, Served in both Atlantic & Pacific. Stationed in England building bridges used in the D-Day invasion.
  • John P. Nemmers. US Marine Corps. Served in the Pacific campaign in special weapons.
  • John Nemmers. US Army.
  • Robert William "Bob" Nemmers. US Navy. Served as a pilot & flight instructor.
  • Eugene Nemmers.
  • Toby Norman Nemmers. US Merchant Marines.

  • Clayton Francis Nemmers. US Navy. Member of Admiral Byrd's 1946 Antarctic Expedition.
  • Phillip Powell, US Air Corps, Pacific Theatre
  • Wayne Sykes, served is a Commander in the South Atlantic. He served for 3 wars and was stationed in Brazil.
  • Carl J. Tentinger. U.S. Army from 24 July 1942 - 30 Oct 1945.
  • Private Adeline Thornton, US Army. Served as a WAC with the US Signal Corps. Enlisted in 1942 and sent to Fort Des Moines. More on Adeline & Andrew in the 2002 Newsletter.
  • Staff Sgt. Andrew Thornton, US Army. Airplane mechanic and aerial gunner. Entered the service in 1942 at Fort Custer, was sent to Chanute Field, Rantoul, IL and then to Wendover Gunnery School, UT. Stationed at Gowen Field, Boise, ID as a member of the 43rd Bomber Squadron. He was a Flying Fortress aerial engineer and top turret gunner and flew 50 bombing missions over Sicily, France & the Balkans. More on Adeline & Andrew in the 2002 Newsletter.
  • Hale Adams Thornton
  • Jay Vliek, US Army, 1944 - 1946, Panama
  • Lawrence H. Vogt, 1/LT. US Army Air Force. His B-17 was shot down on a mission during WW2.

Korean War 1950 - 1953

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Vietnam War 1954 - 1975

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  • George C. Adams, 2nd Lieut. US Army
  • Daniel Adams, US Navy. Served on USS Carpenter in 1966
  • Gerald C. Adams,  US Army. Trained at Fort Leonard Wood, MO & later served at Fort Devens, MA in Army security.
  • Dennis Munson

Desert Shield - Desert Storm 1990 - 1991

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Iraqi Freedom

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

Global War on Terrorism

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  • Alvin Howard Adams, U.S. Coast Guard (circa 1950)
  • Doug Adams
  • Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Adams, Saudi Arabia
  • Tim Adams, US Navy & Army National Guard, Afghanistan
  • Jim Dentler
  • Floyd Hurt, US Air Force, Aleutian Islands
  • Russell James Knapp, U.S. Army
  • Matthew V. Noyes
  • Michael Payne, US Army (Germany)
  • Keri Thorneberry
  • Mike West, US Navy
  • Robert Wetherell, US Army, Europe 

Links: military records:

History of the VFW's Buddy Poppy program.

Marcellus Township Library War Veterans Memorial (original memorial) Photo of plaque with names of veterans of War of 1812, Civil War and WW1.

Marcellus Township Library War Veterans Memorial (updated memorial) Photo of plaque with names of veterans of WW2, Korea, Vietnam.

"V.F.W. Completing Plans For Memorial Monument", Marcellus News, 23 July 1987.

Page 1 (Letter from Library Monument Committee)

Page 2 (List of veterans, Korean War & Vietnam War)

This monument is in front of the Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library, 205 East Main Street, Marcellus, Cass County, MI. Scroll down to see picture of members of VFW Post 4054 installing new flag at the library.

See the 2001 (Civil War letters) & 2002 Adams-Mckain Family Reunion Newsletter for more complete information on our veterans.

Helpful hints in searching for a military veteran.