Two military heroes and Vietnam veterans, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, received the Medal of Honor this past Monday. It was good to see these soldiers finally receive this much-deserved award for valor. You can watch the full ceremony along with a behind-the-scenes video from the White House below.
An Exception for Two Military Heroes
As most know, the Medal of Honor is given to Armed Forces members who risk their lives in acts of great personal bravery. Typically, recommendations for the Medal of Honor must be within 2 years of the act of heroism and the medal must be presented within 3 years.
Congress made an exception for these two military heroes. As President Obama stated, “Even the most extraordinary acts on the battlefield can get lost in the fog of war or the passage of time.”
And, these were “extraordinary acts” and both men deserved this exemption and honor. Here is a brief look at their stories.
Meet These Brave Military Heroes and Vietnam Veterans
Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970 at age 20 while on patrol. Sloan saved the lives of his fellow soldiers when he picked up a hand grenade from a grenade trap with the intent to toss it away safely. When he realized the grenade was about to detonate, he pulled it close to his body shielding his fellow soldiers from the blast.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins attended the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. He served 22 years and was deployed three times to Vietnam with the Special Forces. During his second combat tour, Adkins ran through enemy fire and was wounded dragging injured comrades to safety.
Here’s the Medal of Honor ceremony celebrating these two brave military heroes.
This video is from The White House and shows a behind-the-scenes look at the ceremony.