By: Lauren Fabrizi
A Beloved lieutenant colonel was remembered Saturday night in Lincoln. Hundreds of people came out to pay tribute to Lt. Col. Paul Adams for his many accomplishments and historical contributions.
"It's really heartwarming to know that all these people really cared for my father," daughter Gloria Middlebrooks said.
"It's a love affair," his son, Michael Adams, added. "They love my dad and you can't help but be proud of that."
Adams' family said his accomplishments are a mile long. In the height of WWII, he was part of a squadron that flew more than 1,500 missions in North Africa and Europe. As a distinguished member of the "Red Tail" group, he was one of the first black military pilots in U.S. history.
Adams then went on to teach at Lincoln High, where his family said he was revered by his students. After retiring, Adams still remained active in the community by devoting his time to helping others.
"He did so much for so many people," Adams said. "His charisma was magical."
Paul Adams Elementary was named after the lieutenant colonel, which is something that made him especially proud. His son said he was a hero to many, but to him...
"Personally to me, he's the best man I ever knew," Adams said.