Medal of Honor for Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat

Monday, September 15, 2014

What is it?

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, to two United States Army Vietnam War veterans during a White House ceremony today at 1:50 p.m. EDT.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins (Ret.) will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, March 9-12, 1966.

Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970. His award will be presented to his family.

What has the Army done?

The Office of the Chief of Public affairs has created Medal of Honor microsites to pay tribute to the acts of valor of Command Sgt. Maj. Adkins and Spc. 4 Sloat. The viewers can access their biographies, citations, and interviews about the recipients' heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

The White House ceremony will be live streamed from both the websites and live tweeted from #USArmy Twitter platform. In addition, the Army has published exclusive content for each recipient on the Army's official Facebook page.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In addition to today's ceremony at the White House, the Secretary of Defense and Army senior leaders will recognize Adkins, his family and Sloat's families during a Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, scheduled for 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The ceremony will be streamed live at MOH Adkins and MOH Sloat sites.

Why is this important to the Army?

Command Sgt. Maj. Adkins and Spc. 4 Sloat displayed the attributes of a professional Soldier, and embodied the Warrior Ethos. The U.S. Army is proud of these Soldiers and glad to see their professionalism, service and sacrifice being recognized - in full view of a new generation.

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Focus Quote of the Day

The military can be a fine life for you, but learn all you can and become as proficient as you can. Perfect your skills to the ultimate ... I was a Soldier. I did the best that I could. I raised a great family, became a teacher and a businessman. What else can you ask for?

- Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins (Ret.), being awarded the Medal of Honor by the President today, in his advice to today's Soldiers and on how he would like to be remembered by all.

Grueling 38-hour struggle in jungle leads to Medal of Honor

It just showed his [Spc. 4. Sloat's] character. It was who he was and how he was raised. This was her son and she was extremely proud of all of her children, but because of his action, she wanted that recognition for him. He had sacrificed and she wanted the recognition for him. She knew this day would happen.

- Karen McKaslin, sister of the late Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, who will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by the President today, refers to their mother, Evelyn Sloat's mission to ensure that Sloat received the recognition he deserved

Righting a 44-year-old mistake: Vietnam hero to receive posthumous MOH

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