Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, Medal of Honor recepient passed away April 17, 2020 at the age of 86.
Adkins was born on February 1, 1934 in Waurika, Oklahoma.
He was drafted into the Army on December 5, 1956.
While in the Army he attended Airborne School and then later volunteered for the Special Forces.
Adkins spent three tours in Vietnam. It was because of his acts of heroism and bravery during the war he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014.
During his military career he receved numerous decorations and citations including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” Device, the Purple Heart with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and Five Loops, the National Defense Service Medal, and many more.
Today a statue in Memorial Park in Waurika stands in his honor.
He was a man of honor and integrity and will be missed by his family, friends and a grateful nation.