This outstanding American is a native of Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was born a member of the Kiowa Tribe. He had 25 years of service in the U.S. Army before being killed in action in Vietnam.
He received a combat commission during the Korea War and was awarded four Silver Stars, five Bronze Star Medals and three Purple Hearts for service in World War II, the Korea War and Vietnam.
He is the most decorated American Indian soldier in U.S. history. He is in the National Hall of Fame of Famous American Indians at Anadarko, Oklahoma, along with such notables as Sequoyah, Pontiac, Hiawatha, Chief Joseph, Jim Thorpe and Pocahontas.
His eulogy: "He followed the trail of the great chiefs; his people hold him in honor and highest esteem. He has given his life for the people and the country he loved so much." He was buried with military honors on Chiefs Knoll at Fort Sill Post Cemetery.