“For outstanding heroism in action while serving as Flagship of Mine Division EIGHT during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from March 24 to April 1, 1945. Operating in dangerous waters protected by enemy mines and numerous suicide craft, the U.S.S. ADAMS rendered distinctive service in providing effective air cover for our minesweeper groups against hostile attack by air, surface, submarine and shore fire. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and read for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to down seven planes and one probable. Severaly damaged by a near miss when three enemy planes attacked on April 1, the U.S.S. ADAMS, by her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed to the success of the Okinawa invasion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.