Troy University names Collegeview Building in memory of alumnus Bennie Adkins

TROY alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins receives an honorary doctorate from Troy University on May 12, 2017.

TROY alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins receives an honorary doctorate from Troy University on May 12, 2017.

Troy University’s Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to rename the Collegeview Building on the Troy Campus to honor the memory of TROY alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient Bennie G. Adkins.

The Collegeview Building is currently home to programs in the College of Health and Human Services. However, those programs will soon be relocating to the new Jones Hall Center for Health Sciences when it opens later this year. Bennie G. Adkins Hall will then become home to the Army and Air Force ROTC programs and the Troy University Police Department.

“Troy University is very proud to count Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins among our alumni,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “It is important to note that since the Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1863, only 3,500 men have received that honor. This is remarkable considering 41 million men and women have served in the military since our nation was founded. While we lost Bennie in April of 2020, his legacy of heroism and leadership lives on, and we are pleased today to name our Collegeview Building in his memory.”

The Troy University Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 29 to rename the Collegeview Building on the Troy Campus to Bennie G. Adkins Hall in memory of the three-time alumnus who received the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his heroism during the Vietnam War.
The Troy University Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 29 to rename the Collegeview Building on the Troy Campus to Bennie G. Adkins Hall in memory of the three-time alumnus who received the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his heroism during the Vietnam War.

Adkins received the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his heroism during the Vietnam War. He served more than 20 years in the Army, close to 13 of which were as a Green Beret in 7th, 3rd, 6th and 5th Special Forces Groups. He served three tours in Vietnam, and Adkins received the Medal of Honor for his actions during 38 hours of close combat fighting against enemy forces on March 9-12, 1966. At that time, then-Sgt. 1st 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 the camp was overcome by enemy forces, Adkins displayed extraordinary courage and bravery as he rallied survivors and helped the wounded without regard to his own well-being. He sustained 18 different wounds as he helped his injured comrades to safety. His experiences were chronicled in the book, “A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley,” which was written with author Katie Lamar Jackson and published in 2018.

Adkins held three degrees – a bachelor’s degree in 1979, a master’s degree in education in 1982, and then, a second master’s degree in management in 1988 — all from then-Troy State University Montgomery. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from TROY in May 2017.

After returning from Vietnam and earning his degrees, Adkins established Adkins Accounting Service, Inc., in Auburn, Alabama, and taught night classes at Alabama’s Southern Union Junior College and Auburn University for many years.

In 2017, Adkins created the Bennie Adkins Foundation, which provides scholarships to Special Forces transitioning to civilian life.

In 2021, the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs voted to name the state’s fifth veterans’ home, located in Enterprise, in Adkins’ memory.

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