Raymond E. `Bodie' Adams, 87, served in three wars

May 18, 2006

Raymond E. "Bodie" Adams, a retired Army colonel who fought in three wars, died in his sleep May 10 at his home in Augusta, Ga. He was 87.

Mr. Adams was born and raised in Owings Mills and graduated from Franklin High School.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific with the Medical Service Corps. During the Korean War, he fought with the 24th Infantry Division and participated in the Pusan Perimeter and Yalu River campaigns.

"In Korea, he earned two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and Bronze Star," said his nephew, Tom Collins of Westminster.

After the Korean War, Mr. Adams remained in the Army and returned to the Medical Service Corps. He served in Vietnam and held positions at Fort Detrick and Fort Meade until retiring in 1975.

While in the Army, Mr. Adams earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.

From 1975 until 1994, he was manager of the Georgia Department of Human Resources' East Central Health District. He was a member of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Augusta.

Interment with full military honors is planned for July 7 at Arlington National Cemetery.

His wife of 53 years, the former Fran Whitner, died in 1997. He is survived by his nephew, a niece and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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