Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Vietnam, passed away from complications due to the coronavirus at the age of 86.

He contracted the virus in late March and was admitted to the East Alabama Medical Center and then moved into the intensive care unit where he ultimately passed away from the disease.

“We lost a great husband, father, and warrior today. Bennie G. Adkins passed away this afternoon. Please keep his family in your prayers,” the Adkins family posted on Twitter yesterday.

The Bennie Adkins Foundation released a statement on Friday evening that said, “We are deeply saddened to notify you that after a courageous battle with COVID-19, Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins departed this life today, with beloved family at his bedside.”