GREAT NEWS: RBVMA received permission from Rancbo Bernardo Town Center Property Owner's Association to hold the July 4th celebration at the Memorial site for 2021. The ceremony was held as we have in past years. Quilts of Valor's Awards Coordinator, Kay Lettington, participated through an award of a beautiful quilt to the keynote speaker, Sam Magtanong. A photo of the award presentation with Kay, Peggy Johnson, and Tom Lettington is here.
RBVMA Lost one of our most enthusiastic volunteers last month. Merv Adams will be sorely missed!
January 20, 1931— March 12, 2021
Mervin Paul Adams "Merv," passed away in San Diego on March 12, 2021 after a long, giving, fulfilling and happy life. Some would say "he had a good run".
Merv was preceded in death by the passing of his wife Margaret Adams 'Peggy", of 58 wonderful years, in July 2012.
Mervin Adams was born in Salt Lake City Utah on January 20th, 1931. He had a brother, James "Buddy", and a half sister, Linda. After spending most of his early years in Utah and New Mexico, his family moved to San Diego, where he later attended San Diego High School and San Diego City College.
Merv enlisted in the Air Force in May 1950 as an Airman Basic. He ultimately ended up flying in and out of Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts as a Staff Sergeant "Load Master". Along the way he attended specialized training in Florida. As a "Load Master" he flew throughout the world, Including Greenland, Iceland, Europe, South America and Korea. His time in Korea was some of his most memorable. It was during his time being based at Westover AFB, he met the love of his life, Peggy. Peggy was also enlisted in the Air Force, flying as an "Air Crew Member" for the Military Air Transport service, also at Westover AFB. They eventually married in Holyoke Massachusetts, on May 13, 1954.
Now married, Peggy was forced to be discharged immediately after their marriage. Apparently, women were not allowed to be married and serve in our country's armed forces. She was Honorably Discharged on May 27th, 1954. She had earned a "Air Crew Member Badge" and a "National Defense Service Medal" for her service, and a check for $400.97 with her discharge.
Merv was Honorably Discharged on May 25th, 1954. He had earned a "United Nations Service Medal", a "National Defense Service Medal", a "Korean Service Medal", and a "Good Conduct Medal", and a check for $719.06 with his discharge.
So, with their newfound wealth they drove across country to San Diego. Merv applied for a VA Loan ($80.00 a month) which he received. He went on to attended San Diego City College which he received an A.A. Degree. After working a few different jobs, Merv went to work for the Union Tribune Publishing Company on August 4th, 1954. He worked in the Circulation Department which became his career. After 38 years of work at the UT., he proudly retired in 1991 This gave the both of them to do what they enjoyed most, which was traveling in their motorhome throughout the Western United States, Canada and Alaska. They visited every single National Park along the way, and Alaska twice. It was in Oregon that they spent several extended stays as docents at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse In Newport Oregon. Merv often described himself and Peggy as "Lighthouse Nuts". Peggy ran the gift shop as Merv worked the guided tours.
Merv and Peggy always had a very strong appreciation for their community and were both very proud, yet humble of their military service. This is reflected in both Merv's and Peggy's commitments to volunteering as often as possible. Besides Merv being "McGruff the Crime Dog" educating the local elementary children about crime, which he received "The KGTV Citizen Of The Year Award" and well as "Hats Off To Volunteers Award", he did volunteering for Meals on Wheels, ushering at the Poway Performing Arts Center, participating in the RSVP program with the San Diego Police Department, tutoring elementary age children at the local public schools, selling Buddy-Poppies for the V.A. to support the VA Memorial at Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo, as well as other various Veterans Stand Downs and served many Pancakes Breakfasts at Camp Pendleton.
Merv was fortunate to be asked and participate as member of Honor Flight (May 2018). We all know how thrilled and thankful he was for this opportunity. His trip to Washington D.C. was a trip of his lifetime.
Merv enjoyed sharing his home with all of his family, friends and neighbors. He annually went overboard putting out his extensive collection of Christmas decorations in and around the home. This was his pride and joy. His legendary and much anticipated Christmas Village was quite the amazement. He also loved having his group of buddies over at his home. They enjoyed live band music on Monday evenings, Friday dinners with neighbors, and political debates often supported by a bottle, or 2, of wine.
Merv is survived by his 4 children; Ten, Mike, Patti, and Mark, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He adored every member of his family. Merv was also blessed to have his incredible nieces, Merry, Cathie and Fran. He loved them very much as they were a great part as his fife. He cherished the many times he spent with them, their husbands and extended families. From Merv, thank you.
Merv sadly missed his first Padres opening day this past week. His daughter Teri who has been a long time season ticket holder will cherish their memories at the game. Now the real debate is who was the biggest Padre fan. They always had opening day to look forward too. Go Padres!
We will miss you at the game and will miss you every day. Thank you for teaching all of us so much.
We lost someone who was a special part in all of our lives. We find comfort in knowing that all who shared in Merv's friendship is also shared with the family's loss.
FINAL RESTING PLACE Miramar National Cemetery
The Memorial decked out with service flags for Veterans Day:
Please have a safe and meaningful Veterans Day. A hearty thank you to all veterans and for many of these veterans, "Welcome home."