L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Det #206, "SCUTTLEBUTT NEWS", Jul 2022 - #6
Sgt John A. McAdams Jr.

Sgt John A. McAdams Jr.

Sometime in the early days of June 2022 I was contacted by a Marine Pat Ahearn from Pennsylvania. When asked how he got my number he said he was looking for a Detachment around the Morristown area and found the L/Cpl Robert Detachment website and found my number on the website. During the conversation he explained that another Marine Victor Ortalano of Scranton Pa. had been contacted by a friend who had purchased a storage locker and found items belonging to Sgt. John McAdams in the locker. One of the items was a Flag in a triangle case with his name inscribed on the glass. This is what started the process rolling. I asked Pat Ahern to have Victor call me and when he did I was able the find an Obituary for McAdams and he is survived by his daughter Shannon McAdams. I tried to find her with no luck and then reached out to the Elks lodge John used to belong to and got a last known address in Warren NJ which along with my Wife Margaret we took a ride to see if Shannon still lived there. She did not and the trail went cold. After about two weeks I received an Email from the Lodge and was told that they had brought up my conversation about John and someone in the Lodge was familiar with the Family. I emailed the individual and gave him my cell number in case he found the daughter. Another week went by and then I received a call from Shannon McAdams.

Shannon was so happy that we had found items belonging to her father who had passed away approximately six years before and she was looking forward to receiving them, there were a lot of crying and thanks to all of us who had made the effort to find her and return the items. I made arrangements with Victor to meet him at a Hot Dog Johnny's in Belvidere NJ, to pick up the items. My wife Margaret and I drove to Belvidere and had lunch and picked up the items. Victor and his son Brian were happy to be able to return these mementos to their rightful owner. I was contacted by Shannon's boyfriend who worked in Secaucus NJ and met him to turn the items over to her. I received and message from Shannon and she was eternally grateful that she was able to get her Father's Flag and other items. Good Job done by all.