Medal of Honor recipient Adkins to speak at Auburn University Sept. 25

Published: September 23, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. and recent Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins will give a talk on leadership during a public forum hosted by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7  p.m. in 125 Lowder Hall.

Adkins, a longtime Opelika resident, was one of three Medal of Honor recipients honored by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15.

Adkins also earned the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart with four Oak Leaf clusters, and the Distinguished Service Cross, among other honors, for his valor in Vietnam. In the summer of 1966, Adkins, then a sergeant first class, and his fellow soldiers fought off waves of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces during a 38-hour onslaught at Camp A Shau, rescuing fellow soldiers and evading the enemy in the jungle until being evacuated by helicopter. According to Army records, Adkins sustained 18 wounds while killing an estimated 135 to 175 enemy fighters.

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