Foreword by Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense and Senator from Nebraska
Adaptable. Cunning. Ferocious. Fearless. The Indochinese tiger is just one of the formidable predators roaming Vietnam's jungle. In 1966 a small band of US Special Forces soldiersmost especially Bennie Adkinsspent four grueling days facing down the "tiger" among them.
While the rain and mist of an early March moved over the valley, then-Sergeant First Class Bennie Adkins and sixteen other Green Berets found themselves holed up in an undermanned and unfortified position at Camp A Shau, a small training and reconnaissance camp located right next to the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, North Vietnam's major supply route. And with the rain came the North Vietnamese Army in force.
Surrounded 10-to-1, the Green Berets endured constant mortar and rifle fire, direct assaults, treasonous allies, and volatile jungle weather. But there was one among them who battled ferociously, like a tiger, and when they finally evacuated, he carried the wounded to safety. Forty-eight years later, Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins's valor was recognized when he received this nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
Filled with the sights, smells, and sounds of a raging battle fought in the middle of a tropical forest, A Tiger among Us is a riveting tale of bravery, valor, skill, and resilience.
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About the Author
Bennie G. Adkins is a highly decorated retired US Army Command Sergeant Major and recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in March 1966 during the Vietnam War. He deployed to Vietnam for three tours. Upon retiring from the service he ran his own accounting business. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama.
Katie Lamar Jackson is a writer, editor, and photographer with more than thirty years of experience as a journalist, author, communicator, public relations expert, and marketing specialist. Jackson lives in Opelika, Alabama.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense and Senator from Nebraska ix
Prologue Prey 1
Chapter 1 De Oppresso Liber and the Art of Being Unconventional 5
Chapter 2 Green Berets at Work 19
Chapter 3 A First Look 23
Chapter 4 A Godforsaken Place 35
Chapter 5 The Men within the Walls 45
Chapter 6 Boots on the Ground; Signs in the Jungle 51
Chapter 7 The Gathering Storm 55
Chapter 8 Before Sunrise 65
Chapter 9 Hope and Hell 75
Chapter 10 Another Day of Perdition 81
Chapter 11 Valor on the Ground; From the Skies 89
Chapter 12 Giving Up the Ghost 99
Chapter 13 Last Men Standing 105
Chapter 14 Evading the Ghost 111
Chapter 15 A Tiger's Tale 115
Chapter 16 On the Home Front 121
Chapter 17 No Rest for the Weary 133
Chapter 18 Two Months and Twenty Minutes 147
Chapter 19 Training for Stealth; Returning to Action 153
Chapter 20 On a Mission; A Price on My Head 165
Chapter 21 Life Goes On 173
Chapter 22 A Matter of Honor 181
Chapter 23 Regrets and Lessons 189
Medal of Honor Citation for Command Sergeant Major Bennie Gene Adkins 193