A graduate of West Point Military Academy, Adamson was commissioned into the Infantry and saw active service in Korea and Vietnam. After leaving the Second Brigade, Fourth Infantry Division in 1967, he was appointed to the professorial chair of Military Science at The Citadel Military College.
Adamson's last posting was as Commander of Washington Military District, which involved coordinating the military with the White House and supervising ceremonial events, such as burials at Arlington National Cemetery (including that of President Lyndon B Johnson). He retired from the Army in 1974.
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