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Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Medal of Honor awarded to two soldiers from Vietnam War
Medal of Honor awarded to two soldiers from Vietnam War

On March 11, 1966, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and his squad of Green Berets found themselves atop a hill, in the dark, in the middle of a jungle in central Vietnam. They had endured days of battle with North Vietnamese troops off the Ho Chi Minh trail. Adkins was wounded and exhausted, and the last rescue helicopter had already left. With enemy soldiers closing in on them, the troops heard something in the jungle: the growls of a tiger. The Vietnamese retreated, and Adkins and his comrades were rescued the next morning. On Monday, nearly 50 years after Adkins helped his squad escape from that hilltop, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest...

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