Two Oklahomans received the Medal of Honor today for conspicuous gallantry.
Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins was born in Waurika and receives the honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant wtih the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.
Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, from Coweta, recieved the Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. His brother Dr. William Sloat of Enid will accept the Medal on his brother’s behalf. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.
The U.S. Army will induct former Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. The Pentagon ceremony adds their names to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department’s permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor.