Donn Wheeler Adams was born 8 Jan 1944 in Durham, North Carolina, to parents Donald Wheeler Adams (1917-1990) and Marjorie Ellen Anderson (1917-2001). April 10, 1952, at 8 years of age, Donn, his mother, and his younger sister Jean boarded the USNS Anderson in Seattle, Washington and headed to Yokohama, Japan. They returned 7 Nov 1953 aboard the USNS Hugh J. Gaffey.
On 14 Oct 1967, Donn married his sweetheart, Bonita Louise Suver (1948-2004), in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
Donn served as TSGT in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He died 12 Jun 1999 in Orlando, Brevard, Florida.