Sgt. Ted Belcher's unit was engaged in a search and destroy mission in Viet Nam. A reconnaissance platoon, located a few hundred meters from his company, received a heavy volume of fire from well camouflaged snipers. Moving forward to assist, Sgt. Belcher and his squad met heavy and accurate automatic weapons and sniper fire. As he moved up with his men, a hand grenade landed in their midst. Belcher immediately lunged forward, covering the grenade and saving his fellow soldiers.
U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins for actions during the Vietnam War while in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Killing well over a hundred enemy, saving several fallen comrades, and sustaining multiple wounds from hostile fire, retired SGM Bennie Adkins finally honored for incredible heroism.