Col. Michael C. McAdams

July 27, 2013
Col. Michael C. McAdams

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Colonel (Retired) Michael C. McAdams passed away July 27, 2013.
Col. (Ret.) McAdams was born in Springfield, Missouri.

He graduated from McCallie School
earning a football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Ga. Tech., he was commissioned a Regular Army Second Lieutenant of Artillery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. After initial assignments as an ADA Platoon Leader at Cleveland, Ohio, he commanded batteries in the 2nd Rkt/Howitzer Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 4th Armored Division, in Germany.

His subsequent assignments included instructor duties at Fort Bliss, Texas; Field Artillery Advisor in the Republic of Vietnam; Executive Officer of 10th Training Battalion, USAIS; and Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel McAdams served with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations, Headquarters, Department of the Army. He then was a Field Artillery Advisor to the IV Iranian Corps and Chief of the War Plans Section, ODCSOPS, Headquarters, USAEUR.

From July 1975 to 1977, he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division in Germany. He returned to the US in 1978 and was assigned to Headquarters, TRACOC, where he activated and was Director for Force Development and Modernization, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Combat Developments. His last assignment was the Area V Commander, First ROTC Region, Fort Bragg, NC, consisting of 44 Senior ROTC and 82 Junior ROTC programs in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

His decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Department of the Army General Staff Identification Badge. He retired from the United States Army after more than 28 years of active commissioned service. He worked another 15 years as a JROTC Instructor at Loris High School, Loris, South Carolina.

Col. McAdams was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Sandra Gay McAdams; and his parents Leonard James McAdams and Mary Molivia Crawford.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Forrest McAdams of Charlotte, NC; daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Peterson (Gay) of Decatur, IN, Mr. And Mrs. Harold R. Setliff (Becky) of Wilmington, NC; son, Michael (Mac) C. McAdams, Jr. of Seaford, VA; four grandchildren, Cristopher Peterson, Gregory Peterson, Rami Chilton, and Loren McAdams; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will host a celebration of “Bud’s” life on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm, at his residence in Seaford. For further information, contact Mac at 757-879-1308.

Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Support Our Troops” program of the Freedom Alliance Organization, 22570 Markey Court, Suite 240, Dulles, VA 20166.

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.

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  • August 04, 2013
    Tim & Dee Williams says:
    Becky, you've shared the Pride that you have for your Father many times with me in conversation. I'm certain he is proud of you and I know you'll hold his memory close to your heart. You're in my thoughts. Love, Tim

  • August 02, 2013
    Tony Vazquez says:
    Col. Mac, like Foxy Lady, will be dearly missed. But they both will still be keeping an eye on Jerry and me like they have done for the past 38 years.

  • August 02, 2013
    Linda Langford (Moreira) says:
    Dear Mac, Becky and Gaye, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You were so kind to share your parents with many and I for one will never forget MaBoo calling me Sweetpea.......I was apart of the family...she even sent me sweetpea seeds to grow! :) Pa and MaBoo will be terribly missed but forever in our hearts and memories. Together now they can watch over their families from above. RIP I love you all Linda

  • August 02, 2013
    Christa Campbell Kallio says:
    Dear Mac, Becky, Gay, and extended McAdams family members, Pete and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. While I never had the honor of meeting him, I know he must have been special as he raised wonderful children. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you, Christa and Pete Kallio

  • August 03, 2013
    Kay Bilisoly says:
    Becky - I am sorry to learn of your father's passing. What an impressive life he led! May good memories be a road to healing for you. Sincerely, Kay