IN MEMORIUM – Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, US Army
His Medal of Honor citation in part reads: “During the thirty-eight hour battle and forty-eight hours of escape and evasion, fighting with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, it was estimated that Sergeant First Class Adkins killed between 135 and 175 of the enemy while sustaining eighteen different wounds to his body.”
He died at age 86 of the Chinese Plague.
He went home with the others of A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. He went home to his wife who proceeded him in death.
His son said by way of brief eulogy, “We want his legacy to not only be his life in the military, but what he did afterwards; how he went on to school, gained an education, started a local business, and especially his support of the community.”
RIP Sergeant Major, your life is your memorial and your benediction.