A Former Serviceman’s Final Wish Is Granted

When the end comes, many people don’t have the opportunity to have their last wish fulfilled.

This was not the case with WWII and Korean War veteran Harry Neil Adams who died at age 96 in San Diego on November 21, 2016.  His family saw to it that his wish was granted.

Adams’s family sent a picture of him in uniform to the local NBC station, to hopefully fulfill his wish that he be on television, as he was a huge fan.

According to the former serviceman’s grandson, Sheldon Neil Adams, Harry was born in 1920, was employed in communications with the U.S. Navy against Japan in the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Ocean.  After hearing the military needed men, he volunteered, switching water for land.

Sheldon said his grandfather fought against Germany in WWII, was captured as a Prisoner of War and freed seven months later when the war ended.  But Harry wasn’t done just yet. He also fought in the Korean War.

Harry then lived off and on in Latin America for seven decades. Sheldon explained that Harry gathered intelligence for the CIA on Russian submarines traveling around Patagonia during the Cold War in addition to gathering intelligence over many decades on German Nazis who had sought refuge in Latin America.

His family held a ceremony for him on January 6, 2017, at San Diego’s Miramar National Cemetery, NBC Southern California reported.

Sheldon said his grandfather’s dream was being mentioned on TV for his service to the U.S. military, and to the country, he loved deeply.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE