Bennie Adkins, American hero, and beloved Alabamian dies after COVID-19 illness

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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – An American hero and beloved Alabamian has passed away after a three week battle with COVID-19.

Bennie Adkins, our community’s respected Medal of Honor recipient passed away Friday afternoon according to his family at East Alabama Medical Center where he had been hospitalized since late March. 

He will be deeply missed.

Bennie Adkins served this country for more than twenty years in the United States Army, the majority of his time spent in Special Forces (Green Berets). He was deployed to Vietnam three times, and during his second deployment was involved in heroic efforts which eventually led to the awarding of the Medal of Honor in 2014. After his retirement at the rank of Command Sergeant Major he continued his education, eventually obtaining his Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from Troy University. He then established his own accounting firm and operated for 22 years until retirement. It is this legacy of service, sacrifice, and commitment that we look to continue by offering educational assistance through scholarships to Special Forces soldiers. 


Our mission is to honor the legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service, and patriotism inherent in the Special Forces by providing educational scholarships to worthy soldiers to aid in their transition from military to civilian life.

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