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Old 08-26-2014, 18:21   #1
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CSM Bennie G. Adkins(ret) to receive Medal of Honor

Congratulations are in order.. The award was OK'd in 2013 and they are just getting around to the presentation.


Opelika resident Bennie G. Adkins to receive Medal of Honor
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 5:22 PM EST Updated: Aug 26, 2014 5:45 PM EST By WSFA 12 News Staff - email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins (Retired), an Opelika resident, will be awarded the Medal of Honor from President Obama in a ceremony to be held on September 15th at the White House.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to Veterans for uncommon valor in the service of our nation during previous military conflicts. It is traditionally awarded within three years of the act of bravery, but upon learning about Mr. Adkins' amazing story on the battlefield, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-District 3) worked over the past year to help shepherd legislation through Congress to waive the time requirement.

Adkins distinguished himself during 38 hours of close-combat fighting and 48-hours of escape and evasion against enemy forces, March 9-12, 1966. He will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces at Camp A Shau, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Drafted at age 22, Adkins was deployed to Vietnam 3 times between 1963 and 1971. He retired from the Army in 1978.

"Mr. Adkins is a true American hero who served his country in Vietnam," said Congressman Rogers. "His acts of heroism during his tour of duty earned him our nation's highest honor, which he has long deserved. I congratulate Mr. Adkins on this honor and thank him for his bravery, sacrifice and service to our nation."

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Adkins has also been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart with four Oak Leaf clusters, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnamese Croix de Guerre, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, two foreign parachutist badges and 22 service medals. [Source: SOC.mil]

Both Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, will be in attendance at the White House when he his honored.

READ MORE: http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/adk...m=hp_spotlight
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Old 08-26-2014, 18:52   #2
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Congratulations CSM Adkins! (Better late than never I guess.) Thank you for your dedicated service to our country. And may Almighty God bless you and yours.
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Old 08-26-2014, 19:59   #3
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Thank you for your service, SGM.

Outstanding! Glad that he is still alive to receive it.

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Old 08-26-2014, 21:10   #4
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Congrats CSM, well deserved.
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Old 08-26-2014, 21:17   #5
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Congrads CSM, thank you for your service.
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Congrads CSM, thank you for your service.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:30   #7
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Congratulations, CSM Adkins. Thank you for your service. I'm glad it's being honored.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:38   #9
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Green Beret veteran Bennie Adkins

Green Beret veteran Bennie Adkins to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/loca...9f0dc1442.html

"Deep in the thick Vietnamese jungle, Sgt. 1st. Class Bennie Adkins powered through 18 wounds to lead injured comrades to safety, evading enemy soldiers and a stalking tiger on a two-day trek to rescue.

Adkins, now 80 and a retired command sergeant major, earned the Medal of Honor for his tenacity during the four-day battle and escape during the Vietnam War. He will receive the long-delayed medal - nation's highest military recognition - at the White House today..."

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Watching the presentation now. Congratulations CSM! Thanks for your courage and service.
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Appears CSM Adkins (MOH) is hospitalized with COVID-19 diagnosis.

Here from Military Times
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Thanks for sharing. That is tough news.
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Prayers out for CSM Adkins.
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Old 04-17-2020, 21:06   #14
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Very sad news CSM Bernie Atkins MOH has passed away from complications of Corona COVID-19 this day April 17 2020...

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-...f-coronavirus/

May you Rest In Peace SIR...

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RIP Sergeant Major.
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