Don Adams-After surviving the Battle of Guadalcanal he contracted Blackwater Fever and was hospitalized for more than one year in a Navy hospital in New Zealand. He was then sent stateside to be a Marine Corp drill instructor.
Don Adams (1923-2005) [Get Smart, tv] served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II in the Pacific. He was wounded during the Battle of Guadalcanal and he contracted malaria, nearly dying of blackwater fever. Upon his recovery and return to the States, he served as a drill instructor.