Memorial to the heroism of a young Oregonian, the name "Camp
Henry R. Adair" was selected in March, 1942 for the mid-Willamette
L. Henry Rodney Adair, first man killed in Perching's punitive
expedition against Mexico in 1916, lived on in U.S. Army legend,
famous for his last words, "Go on, Sergeant."
To civilian residents of the cantonment area, selection of
the name brought to mind events when the 34-year-old second
lieutenant in the cavalry was shot as he and a Sergeant sought
to take reinforcements of ammunition to trapped troopers at
the time of the surprise attack in Carrizal.
With his final orders to the sergeant, the Oregonian willing
relinquished the last chance of saving his own life, military
Descendant of Oregon's first Federal revenue collector, Gen.
John Adair, the young man was a second cousin of Mrs. Mabel
A. Lockwood of Salem. He was born at Astoria, son of Mrs.
and Mrs. Samual D. Adair, Oregon pioneers, who were living
in Portland at the time of his death. Graduate of Astoria
High School, he had completed his course at West Point in
1907 and had been in Army service constantly after that time.
Army service of the man for whom the mid-Valley camp is named
had been in the States and in the Philippines. As a poloist,
he had played in Egypt and Gibraltar as he traveled home from
the islands, and his skill as a horseman had been recognized
with trophies earned in competition over the world.
Oregon Statesman, Camp Adair Edition, November 8, 1942