Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins | Medal of Honor Recipient | The United States Army

Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins distinguished himself during 38 hours of close-combat fighting against enemy forces on March 9 to 12, 1966. At that time, then-Sergeant First Class Adkins was serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces at Camp “A Shau”, in the Republic of Vietnam.

When Camp A Shau was attacked by a large North Vietnamese force in the early morning hours of March 9th, Sergeant First Class Adkins rushed through intense enemy fire and manned a mortar position defending the camp. He continued to mount a defense even while incurring wounds from several direct hits from enemy mortars. Upon learning that several soldiers were wounded near the center of camp, he temporarily turned the mortar over to another soldier, ran through exploding mortar rounds and dragged several comrades to safety. As the hostile fire subsided, Adkins exposed himself to sporadic sniper fire and carried his wounded comrades to a more secure position at the camp dispensary.

Sergeant First Class Adkins exposed himself to enemy fire transporting a wounded casualty to an airstrip for evacuation. He and his group then came under heavy small arms fire from members of the Civilian Irregular Defense Group that had defected to fight with the North Vietnamese. Despite this overwhelming force, Adkins maneuvered outside the camp to evacuate a seriously wounded American and draw fire away from the aircraft all the while successfully covering the rescue. Later, when a resupply air drop landed outside of the camp perimeter, Adkins again moved outside of the camp walls to retrieve the much needed supplies.

During the early morning hours of March 10th, enemy forces launched their main assault. Within two hours, Sergeant First Class Adkins was the only defender firing a mortar weapon. When all mortar rounds were expended, Adkins began placing effective rifle fire upon enemy as they infiltrated the camp perimeter and assaulted his position. Despite receiving additional wounds from enemy rounds exploding on his position, Adkins fought off relentless waves of attacking North Vietnamese soldiers.

Adkins then withdrew to regroup with a smaller element of soldiers at the communications bunker. While there, he single-handedly eliminated numerous insurgents with small arms fire, almost completely exhausting his supply of ammunition. Braving intense enemy fire, he returned to the mortar pit, gathered vital ammunition and evaded fire while returning to the bunker. After the order was given to evacuate the camp, Sergeant First Class Adkins and a small group of soldiers destroyed all signal equipment and classified documents, dug their way out of the rear of the bunker, and fought their way out of the camp.

Because of his efforts to carry a wounded soldier to an extraction point and leave no one behind, Sergeant First Class Adkins and his group were unable to reach the last evacuation helicopter. Adkins then rallied the remaining survivors and led the group into the jungle – evading the enemy for 48 hours until they were rescued by helicopter on March 12th. During the 38-hour battle and 48-hours of escape and evasion, Adkins fought with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, killing an estimated 135 – 175 of the enemy and sustaining 18 different wounds. Sergeant First Class Adkins’ extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces and the United States Army.

You can (and should) read the full citation at  The United States Army’s website.

Emily Miller gets DC gun carry permit approved – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

WASHINGTON – Just seven months ago, D.C. was the only place in the country that did not allow anyone to legally carry a gun outside the home. A federal court ruled that violated the Second Amendment. So now, the police department is issuing carry permits to a few people.

I have been doing a series to show how the nation’s capital has abided by the federal court ruling.

To remind you of the background, the City Council passed a law in the fall that allowed for handguns to be carried in public, but the bar was set very high for a permit. You have to prove you have so-called special dangers — specific and current threats against you or your property.

Any day now, the judge will rule on whether the city is in contempt of court for writing a new law that is still unconstitutional.

Read more at FOX 5’s Emily Miller gets DC gun carry permit approved – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG.

Medical Group: Mag Capacity A Public Heath Issue

From Brietbart.com  | by AWR Hawkins | 24 Feb 2015:   On Monday, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) announced it was teaming up with the American Bar Association and seven other health organizations to form a “coalition” treating guns as a public health threat, focusing on ammunition magazine capacity.

According to AAFP’s announcement, the coalition presupposes “firearm violence is a public health issue…[that] needs to be addressed from a public health perspective.” The coalition believes the remedy to this health issue lies in gun control regulations that “are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment of the Constitution.”

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Instructor Zero and the “Zero Sterling Grip”

Let me preface what you’re about to read with a very clear statement. There is no doubt in my mind that Instructor Zero can shoot. And he has definitely built one hell of a hollowing on the Interwebs and among a growning cadre of students. He is, in the shooting world, a rockstar. All that said, his background is a bit of a mystery and there are times that I see things that just don’t sit well with me. The video below is an example.

Now I’m not saying this is all BS. I am not a cop, combat vet, or super-secret-ninja-scuba-squirrel. I am just another keyboard jockey with a gun. Still, as I look at this video, I find myself ask…What the heck did I just watch?

-GM

Top U.S. Army Marksman Explains Why Gun Nuts Shoot Better — War Is Boring — Medium

Try to ignore the title of the article for a moment. Hard to do but, worth it.

Master Sgt. Satterlee in Baghdad. Courtesy photo

 

Master Sgt. Scott Satterlee says the military could learn a lot from civilians

via Top U.S. Army Marksman Explains Why Gun Nuts Shoot Better — War Is Boring — Medium

While I think I know the answer, I’m curious to know what the veterans and cops among our listeners think? Let us know in the comments here or on FB.

-GM