BERG, ADAM WILLIAM
Veteran "bad guy" actor of 50s film and TV who began his career after decorated WWII military service as a U.S. Navy pilot (Navy Cross).
Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Adam William Berg (0-278522), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FOURTEEN (VB-14), embarked from the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action against the enemy fleet in the vicinity of the East Philippine Sea on 20 June 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Berg's attack against an enemy fleet oiler was pressed home to a low altitude with determination and skill in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. He scored direct hits with his bombs and contributed heavily to the destruction of the enemy ship. During retirement his excellent airmanship and coolness were instrumental in frustrating enemy fighters which made repeated attacks against his division. While returning to his own forces, his fuel exhausted, and he was forced to make a water landing in complete darkness. Both he and his air crewman escaped injury and were eventually rescued. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Commander, 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0583 (September 27, 1944)
Born: November 26, 1922 at Ozone Park, Queens, New York
Home Town: Ozone Park, Queens, New York
Thanks Video Greg for this information!
He was married to
Marilee Phelps who died in July 17, 2000.
Marilee was in 'Eight Hours to Die' as Miss Adams