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The subject of this week’s Take 5 on the university's homepage is Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Adkins was drafted in the Army Dec. 5, 1956, at the age of 22, and retired in 1978. He distinguished himself during 38 hours of close-combat fighting against enemy forces on March 9 to 12, 1966. At that time, then-Sergeant First Class Adkins was 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. Adkins exposed himself to enemy fire transporting a wounded casualty to an airstrip for evacuation but after his efforts to carry a wounded soldier to an extraction point and leave no one behind, Adkins and his group were unable to reach the last evacuation helicopter. He then rallied the remaining survivors and led the group into the jungle—evading the enemy for 48 hours until they were rescued by helicopter. During the 38-hour battle and 48-hours of escape and evasion, Adkins fought with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms and hand grenades, killing an estimated 135-175 of the enemy and sustaining 18 different wounds. [Read more]