Bio: Adams, John A., aka Wittwer, Adolph, Jr.

Contact: Wanda Ackermann


Surnames: Adams, Wittwer, Henseler


----Source: Family Records

John A. Adams aka Adolph Wittwer, Jr.

Clark County, Wisconsin



Pvt. Adolph Wittwer, Jr. aka John A Adams
Son of Adolph Wittwer, Sr., of Cable.  Entered the Army of the United States September 30, 1941.  Killed in action May 18, 1944, in campaign at Wadke Island.


When I finally found info on John/Adolph names, the US Military Serial number was the exact match.  My Uncles' Purple Hearts. The only problem is one is in the AKA name.



The story goes as I found out from my Mom (who is 81) after my Dad & Uncles died, Adolph Jr. aka John A Adams joined the Army because he was accused of stealing (a gun?) from a farmer. He said he did the work and that was to be his compensation.


He apparently was being threatened with getting arrested (or maybe he did, I do not know) so he enlisted under a fictitious name. So, if I had a name of a town in the county, I would have somewhere to start.


Katharina (Wittwer) Henseler ? To the best of my knowledge if you mean her, she is not a relative. When my grandfather came over from Switzerland he only had brothers. So from the dates, she more than likely was not from any of them. BUT, she very well could be from some other relatives in Switzerland. I have been able to go to the 1500’s with Adolph Jr/John Adams father who was my grandfather, Adolph Wittwer Sr.


But, I never even thought of this part, but why would my cousin in Hayward have John A Adams Purple Heart in his safe

along with the other brother  (Ernest S Wittwer) Purple Heart ?


The only connection I can think of for Clark County is that it south of Sawyer & Bayfield Counties which are both associated with my Wittwer family. People did not move around much back then. Adolph & Ernest both joined the Citizen’s Corp when it was started. That may be how he ended up in Clark County. That is why I am at least trying to find a town name so I can go from there.



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