A Tiger among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam's A Shau Valley

A TIGER AMONG US                                      BENNIE ADKINS

While the rain and mist of an early March moved over the valley, then-Sergeant First Class Bennie Adkins and sixteen other Green Berets found themselves holed up in an undermanned and unfortified position at Camp A Shau, a small training and reconnaissance camp located right next to the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, North Vietnam's major supply route. And with the rain came the North Vietnamese Army in force.

Surrounded 10-to-1, the Green Berets endured constant mortar and rifle fire, direct assaults, treasonous allies, and volatile jungle weather. But there was one among them who battled ferociously, like a tiger, and when they finally evacuated, he carried the wounded to safety. Forty-eight years later, Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins's valor was recognized when he received this nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

Filled with the sights, smells, and sounds of a raging battle fought in the middle of a tropical forest, A Tiger among Us is a riveting tale of bravery, valor, skill, and resilience.


Sgt First class Bernie Atkins takes you back in time in the Vietnam War and his time with the Green Berets. He leads you through his early years before enlisting and then takes you through his boot camp and regular enlistment until he decided to volunteer for the Green Berets. He then takes you through some of their training back then. You also get a small sample of his first deployment to Vietnam. The book is really about when most Special forces were assigned or working with a program called SOG which really was not talked about much until after the 70’s. My father being in the military I had heard about it but did not know what they did. Hear in this book this man will talk about it somewhat. What this story is really about is his actions along with others when they were outnumbered 10-1. Sgt Atkins would lay down fire, rescue down helicopter pilots that had come in to try to take out the wounded. Proved cover when other choppers came in to take out wounded and would hopefully drop off ammo because they were running out. All the while keeping his men on point to not be overrun. This area was located near the Ho Chi Men trail an area where we Americans were not supposed to be but where the Vietnamese were getting all of their supplies, and men. So in any other war cutting of supply lines is always one goal towards victory, not this war because we were not allowed to go into that country. Hence why Special Force’s units like this one were there. Also why it took 40 years for then Command Sgt Major Bernie Atkins to be recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is an excellent story and what makes it so good is that it is real. I am glad he and others Veterans are being recognized all of these years later for the acts of valor. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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