A Tiger among Us by Bennie G. Adkins and Katie Lamar Jackson

A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley by Bennie G. Adkins and Katie Lamar Jackson tells of Adkins’ life (primarily his military career with an emphasis on his Vietnam War experiences).

It is an easy read, but describes Adkins’ exploits as a Special Forces soldier in Vietnam. The book primarily focuses on how Adkins survived his Special Forces camp being overrun by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army in the Battle of A Shau. Many of his comrades were killed or wounded, including Adkins, but through determination and grit the survivors fought off the enemy until they were extracted. As a result of his actions, Adkins was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The authors also chronicle Adkins’ work with the highly classified Studies and Observation Group (SOG). The Group was a multi-service special operations group that conducted covert operations in Southeast Asia. His work with SOG combined with his Special Forces work paint a picture of a man who was dedicated to his country and fellow service members and did all that he could to complete his assignments with the utmost success.

Although the writing is a bit awkward at times, it is overall a good read. After reading Adkins’ account of the Battle of A Shau, I want to read other perspectives of the Battle to get a fuller understanding of it.

A Tiger among Us Book Cover A Tiger among Us
Bennie G. Adkins
History
Da Capo Press
May 15, 2018
224

Cunning. Ferocious. Fearless. The Indochinese tiger is just one of the formidable predators roaming Vietnam's jungle.

In 1966 a small band of US Special Forces soldiers--most especially Bennie Adkins--spent four grueling days facing down the "tiger" among them. 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.

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Jeff Grim

Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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