Local veterans to be inducted into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame

Local veterans to be inducted into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
Courtesy photo: Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins receiving the Medal of Honor
Courtesy photo: Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins receiving the Medal of Honor

LAWTON, Okla._A Waurika native and a veteran with ties to Lawton will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame this weekend.

Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins was born in Waurika in 1934 and was drafted into the Army in 1956. He distinguished himself in 1966 by risking his life in a 38-hour battle in Vietnam. Adkins was awarded the Medal of Honor last year.

The other inductee is Colonel Henry Offord Tuell III. Colonel Tuell moved to Lawton when he was eight years old and joined the military in 1969. He was the first chief of staff of the U.S. Army Medical Command and is currently on the board of directors for Operation Second Chance, an organization supporting injured or ill veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.

The men will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Saturday along with retired Major General Leo Baxter and seven other veterans.