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A Tiger among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam's A Shau Valley

A Tiger among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam's A Shau Valley


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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 soldiers--most especially Bennie Adkins--spent 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306902024
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 726,180
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Preface xiii

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

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199

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