Adolph, Ulysses Steven

In Memory of
Ulysses Steven Adolph

BIRTH: 15 Jul 1942 Grayling, Crawford, Michigan

DEATH: 15 Jun 2002 Buffalo, Erie, New York

Thank your for your service

Ulysses S. "Steve" Adolph, 59, of Hamburg, a decorated member of the Army Special Forces who served in the Vietnam war, died Jun 15, 2002, in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a brief illness. 

Born in Grayling, MI, Adolph graduated from the Command and General Staff College, the Army Airborne Course and the Special Warfare School. 

He entered the Army as a second lieutenant, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. While there, he served as a staff and executive officer, commander and liaison officer with the 5th Special Forces Group. 

During his tour of duty with the Green Berets, he earned a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star for Service, an Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. 

He continued to serve in the Army Reserve while working as a civilian and returned to active duty from February to September 1991, when he served as a colonel with the Joint Special Services Command. 

Adolph worked for Ford Motor Co for 20 years and transferred to Hamburg in the mid-1990s. He retired from Ford and from the Army Reserve in 1999. 

He also worked as a freelance writer for a number of publications and published an action-adventure novel in 1991. He was noted for his research on Special Forces personnel missing or killed in action in Southeast Asia. He was a founding member of Chapter LV of the Special Forces Association. 

Surviving are his wife, Arlene Kennedy; two daughters, Michelle Kennedy and Nicole Scheetz, both of Hamburg; his mother, Leni Mae of Frankenmuth, MI; a sister, Mary Richter of Rocky Mount, NC; three brothers, Leonard, Roger, and Terry, all of Flint, MI; and two grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 am Jul 24 in Arlington National Cemetery. 


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Leonard Franklin Adolph (Brother)

Military Branch

U.S. Army

War Served In

Vietnam War