Chuck Hagel

“A Tiger Among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley”

Authors: Bennie Adkins and Katie Lamar Jackson; Foreword by Chuck Hagel

Publisher: Da Capo Press 

Pages: 206

Price: $27.00 (Hardcover)

The title cries out to be interpreted in two ways. And I will take the bait.

Yes, there is a tiger among us and that tiger is Command Master Sergeant Bennie Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Adkins, originally a farm boy from Waurika, Oklahoma, was taken into the Army in 1956.

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Republican Sen. Richard Shelby says he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, a major boost for President Barack Obama's nominee.

The Alabama lawmaker tells the Decatur Daily he has concerns about his fellow Republican but plans to support him. Shelby spokesman Jonathan Graffeo said Thursday that, barring unforeseen surprises, the senator will vote for confirmation.