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Vietnam War MOH recipient Bennie Adkins talks about his new book

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 20, 2018

Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins, visiting Washington, D.C. this week to take part in pre-game ceremonies for baseball's All-Star Game, sat down with Stars and Stripes to talk about his new book, "A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam's A Shau Valley."

Adkins also discusses the 38-hour battle for which he was awarded the nation's highest military award by President Barack Obama in 2014. “Bennie performed so many acts of bravery that we don’t have time to talk about all of them,” Obama said at that ceremony.

Adkins, who was a sergeant first class on his second tour in Vietnam at the time, is credited with killing 135 to 175 enemy troops and was wounded 18 times during the battle while running back and forth between a mortar position and no-man’s land.

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President Barack Obama presents Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins with the Medal of Honor, Sept. 15, 2014 at The White House.
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