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Hon. Scott R. Tipton, a Representative in Congress from the State of Colorado

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC.
July 22, 2011

Dear House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health:

I am honored to submit this statement in support of Section 8 of the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvements Act of 2011. This section will now replace and mirrors legislation that I introduced in the form of H.R. 1658. Section 8 of this legislation seeks to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth clinic in Craig, Colorado, after Major William Edward Adams.

It is only fitting and proper that we pay tribute to a heroic American who was awarded our nation's highest honor for his conspicuous gallantry in the Kontum Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Major William Edward Adams is an inspiration to every citizen of our great nation, and a reminder to all Americans that some will sacrifice everything to preserve our way of life.

Maj. Adams was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in Craig, Colorado. He went to high school in Missouri at the Wentworth Military Academy.  He graduated from Colorado State University, where he also met his future wife Sandra Adams.  Upon graduation he joined the United States Army. Major Adams was deployed to Vietnam in 1970.

On May 25th, 1971, Maj. Adams willingly volunteered for a helicopter rescue mission that would undoubtedly endanger his lightly armored aircraft and his life. The mission was to fly into a remote fire base that was under heavy attack to pick up three critically wounded soldiers. Maj. Adams was fully aware of the advantageous position of the enemy's formidable anti-aircraft guns; as well as the clear skies that would provide no cover from the imminent barrage. While directing and coordinating fire support from other attack helicopters, Major Adams landed his aircraft and picked up the three wounded soldiers. As he began his return flight, Maj. Adams' helicopter was bombarded with enemy rocket and gunfire. He calmly regained control of the aircraft, and prepared to make an emergency landing, but the helicopter exploded before Maj. Adams could touch down. For these actions, Major William Edward Adams posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

It gives me great pride to know that I have fellow countrymen who are capable of such selfless feats of bravery. Thus, renaming the VA telehealth clinic in Craig, Colorado, after Major Adams honor is an appropriate honor and is also supported by the community.


Scott Tipton
Member of Congress