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Betty Lee Adams was born Dec 3, 1932 in New York. Her parents were Paul Peter Adams and Anna Adams. She also had two brothers, Paul R and Richard T Adams. Betty graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School, Astoria New York, in 1951.
Betty enlisted in the US Army Women's Army Corps on May 28 1952. She took basic training at Fort Lee, Virginia. In Jun 1954 she was transferred to FT Benjamin Harrison for stenographic training followed up by an assignment to Fort Sill Oklahoma as a stenographer. Now a Sergeant, Betty volunteered for platoon sergeant duties and transferred to Fort McClellan on February 12, 1955, the new home of the Women's Army Corps. After two years of training troops she transferred to Fort Myer, Virginia and was assigned in the personnel field at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. from February 15, 1957 to September 6, 1960. During this period she was promoted twice and received many awards and commendations.
SFC Betty Adams then volunteered for recruiting duty and in October, 1960 she was assigned to the at the US Recruiting Main Station in Albany New York
In 1964 the situation in Vietnam had intensified and the Republic of Vietnam was organizing a Women's Armed Forces Corps (WAFC) and wanted U.S. WAC's to assist them. January 15, 1965 SFC Betty Adams arrived in Saigon and became the first NCO Adviser to the WAFC. 
There she was promoted to Master Sergeant on July 30, 1965. She departed Vietnam Dec 3 1965. Upon reenlistment now SGM Betty Adams was assigned to Fort Myer with duty at the Directorate of Military Personnel Policies, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel.
She retired from the Army May 31 1975 after serving 23 years. Her many decorations and awards are listed above the Biography.
Her services did not stop there. Now she was a member of the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association, Heritage Chapter 62; partner of the Friends of the Army Women's Museum Association Inc.; American Legion Post 57 and Jacksonville Meals on Wheels, Inc.
SGM Betty L. Adams passed away at her home in Jacksonville, Calhoun, Alabama, USA on January 20, 2012 at the age of 79. She was buried with full honors at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA. 
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