Akins, Adrian Alan


Rank: Specialist 5

Unit: 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 12B – Combat Engineer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 4-Apr-1949

Hometown: Cordova, Alabama

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 29-Dec-1967

Start of tour: 24-May-1968

Incident date: 25-Oct-1969

Date of casualty: 25-Oct-1969

Age at death: 20

Cause of Death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Accident. Burns. Burns/Smoke Inhalation.
Adrian Alan Akins was standing on a 10 ton trailer.  Another individual was loading a 10 ton bridge section onto the back of Akins’ vehicle using a 20 ton crane.  Akins was holding the bridge section to guide it onto the trailer when the cable from the crane struck an overhead electrical wire causing Akins to be electrocuted.

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, YT 079 119

Place of interment: Boldo Memory Gardens, Boldo, Alabama, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 17W 118 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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