A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley is a first-person account of courage, commitment, and heroism. It chronicles Adkins’s life from a farm in Oklahoma to Special Forces training to three non-consecutive deployments to Vietnam; the Battle of A Shau, including his encounter with a hungry tiger; and his later work with the highly classified Studies and Observation Group.
Encompassing the grit, grief, and determination of soldiers in war, Adkins’s account journeys through a harrowing experience in which he looks death in the eye and emerges. Bolstered by interviews from the five other living veterans of the battle, as well as the after-action reports, Bennie Adkins now shares his story, honoring his fellow Green Berets along the way.
Bennie G. Adkins is a retired US Army Command Sergeant Major and recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in March 1966 during the Vietnam War. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama.
Katie Lamar Jackson, also of Opelika, is a writer, editor, and photographer with more than thirty years of experience as a journalist, author, communicator, public relations expert, and marketing specialist.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing.