Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient Loses Battle With Coronavirus

By , Connecting Vets

A Medal of Honor recipient has lost his fight against coronavirus.

According to a Twitter post, retired Army Command Sgt. Major Bennie Adkins died Friday. The 86-year-old had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in March.

"He recovered fairly quickly and was sent back home, but then he took a turn for the worse (Thursday) morning and was re-admitted," he said.

Adkins received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a battle in Vietnam in March of 1966. Adkins and his men were outnumbered and outgunned by the Viet Cong in that fight.

"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 one hundred thirty-five and one hundred seventy-five of the enemy while sustaining eighteen different wounds to his  body," his MoH citation reads.

Adkins would go on to serve 30 years in the Army, much of that time with the Green Berets.

President Barack Obama presented him with the Medal of Honor in 2014.

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