Opelika Medal of Honor recipient recognized Friday

Opelika Medal of Honor recipient recognized Friday

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A living legend in the Opelika community added another honor to his impressive lists of achievements on Friday.

Medal of Honor recipient and Opelika native Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins was recognized by the Postal Service for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War.

The Postal Service honored Adkins with their Medal of Honor stamp.

Additionally, a statue depicting his courage will be on display at the Museum of East Alabama, along with pictures and other artifacts from the 1966 battle.

When his camp was attacked by a large Viet Cong force, Adkins rushed through intense hostile fire and manned a mortar position.

"Sixteen others served with me, they were all wounded, some of us multi-wounded, five of them unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice, so they are the real heroes not someone like me," Adkins said.

Although he was wounded multiple times, he ran through exploding mortar rounds and dragged several of his comrades to safety.

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