Military veteran Elmer Adams was one of four people who survived a helicopter crash in Hoke County in October 1973, thanks in no small part to the quick action of bystanders who rushed to help.
The News-Journal will host an informal gathering for Adams and those who helped that day. The gathering is set for Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at the newspaper office, located at 119 West Elwood Avenue in Raeford. Anyone who was there, their family members or other guests and anyone who would like to meet Adams are welcome to stop by.
The event is a casual drop-in gathering. Light refreshments will be served.
Adams came to the News-Journal in February hoping to track down those who helped save his life that day. Adams, originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, was a 29-year-old staff sergeant stationed at Fort Bragg at the time of the crash. He was left in serious condition from his injuries, but survived and went on to have a long career in the military.
Now 78, he’s been reaching out to speak with several people who came forward to say they were there that day. Several of those who were there did make contact, Adams said.
Adams and three others survived the crash: Maj. Robert J. Ellinger, Lt. Terry G. Ohlemeir and SM Sgt. David G. Smith. Flight mechanic Sgt. Billy R. Essary, and Lt. John Emerson Kewer of 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, were killed.
For more information or to reach out to Adams, contact us at the News-Journal at (910) 875-2121.