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Bennie Adkins

Bennie G. Adkins is a retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major and recipient of the US military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in March 1966 during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Army in 1978, at the Army's highest enlisted rank, Adkins earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Troy State University, then went on to run his own accounting company and teach classes at Southern Union Junior College and Auburn University. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama.

Katie Lamar Jackson
is a writer, editor, and photographer with more than thirty years of experience as a journalist, author, communicator, public relations expert, and marketing specialist. She is currently editor and director of Auburn University's agricultural communications and marketing division. Jackson lives in Opelika, Alabama.