Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk: A Tiger Among Us

Book Talk: A Tiger Among Us

The public is invited to “A Tiger Among Us: A Conversation with Bennie G. Adkins, CSM (US Army, Ret.) and Katie Lamar Jackson,” hosted by Troy Public Radio’s Carolyn Hutcheson, on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m.

Adkins and Jackson will discuss their new book A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley, a first-person account of courage, commitment, and heroism. It chronicles Adkins’ life from a farm in Oklahoma to Special Forces training to three non-consecutive deployments to Vietnam; the Battle of A Shau, including his encounter with a hungry tiger; and his later work with the highly classified Studies and Observation Group.

Encompassing the grit, grief, and determination of soldiers in war, Adkins’s account journeys through a harrowing experience in which he looks death in the eye and emerges. Bolstered by interviews from the five other living veterans of the battle, as well as the after-action reports, Bennie Adkins now shares his story, honoring his fellow Green Berets along the way.

Bennie G. Adkins is a retired US Army Command Sergeant Major and recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in March 1966 during the Vietnam War. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama.

Katie Lamar Jackson is a writer, editor, and photographer with more than thirty years of experience as a journalist, author, communicator, public relations expert, and marketing specialist.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Seating is very limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit


Last Updated: May 21, 2018