Charlie McAdams

– Asheville, NC
Red Ball Express Driver

McAdams, who landed on Normandy in the second wave of D-Day, began as a combat engineer but was soon a part of the legendary Red Ball Express — mostly African American soldiers who drove in long convoys to get supplies to the front lines, often under German artillery fire and nightly bombing raids. McAdams, who was surrounded in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and who met Patton before the war’s end, says the Army taught him to take orders and work as a team member — lessons he still appreciates to this day.