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Bennie G. Adkins
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Adkins receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama
Born (1934-02-01)February 1, 1934
Waurika, Oklahoma
Died April 17, 2020(2020-04-17) (aged 86)
Opelika, Alabama
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1956–1978
Rank Command Sergeant Major
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Battles/wars Vietnam War
  • Battle of A Shau
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal (2 with "V" device)
Purple Heart (3)

Bennie G. Adkins (February 1, 1934 – April 17, 2020) was a United States Army soldier. He was a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in March 1966 during the Vietnam War.

From March 9-12, 1966 Adkins distinguished himself during a 38-hour close-combat battle against North Vietnamese Army forces during the Battle of A Shau. At the time of the cited action, Adkins was a sergeant first class serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.

In March 2020 Adkins was hospitalized with COVID-19 in Opelika, Alabama. He died on April 17, 2020 from the virus, at the age of 86.

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