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An Empty Saddle – Pvt. Clarence Spotted Wolf

“If I should be killed, I want you to bury me cession. It is pleasing to fancy the spirits of One of the hills east of the place where my brave warriors long departed watching benign grandparents and brothers and sisters only from the Happy Hunting Grounds, Other relatives are buried. As for the empty saddle — who knows? “If you have a memorial service, I want the soldiers to go ahead with the American flog. I want cowboys to follow, all on horseback. I want one of the cowboys to lend one of the wildest of the T...

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A Choctaw Leads the Guerrillas

In April 1945, after mare than three years as a guerrilla leader in the Philippines, Lt. Col. Edward Ernest McClish came home to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where his family, who had refused to believe him dead, waited for him. Ira Wolfert has told some of his story in American Guerrilla in the Philippines, and other details have been added in a report given to the Public Relations Bureau of the War Department by Col. McClish. It is an extraordinary tale of accomplishment against great odds. Lt. Col. McClish, a Choctaw, who graduated from Haskell Institute in 1929 and from Bacone College two years later, was called to active duty in the National Guard in 1940, and early in 1941he arrived in the Philippines, where he became commander of a company of Philippine scouts. In August he went to Panay to mobilize units of the Philippine Army there, and as commander of the Third Battalion he moved his men to Negros, where they were stationed when the war broke out. Late in December they crossed by boat to Mindanao and their oil the Moro bolo battalions were added to McClish’s command. The Japanese did not reach Mindanao until April 29, 1942, shortly before the American capitulation on Luzon, and Col. McClish’s men fought them for nearly three weeks. When forces on the island finally surrendered, McClish, a casualty in the hospital,...

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Ceremonial Dances in the Pacific

By Ernie Pyle One of the last stories written Fay Ernie Pyle before his tragic death on le Island was about the Indians of the First Marine Division on Okinawa. It is reprinted here by permission of Scripps-Howard Newspapers and United Feature Syndicate, Inc. The ceremonial dances, according to Marine Combat Correspondent Walter Wood, included the Apache Devil Dance, the Eagle Dance, the Hoop Dance, the War Dance, and the Navajo Mountain Chant. Besides the Navajos, Sioux, Comanche, Apache, Pima, Kiowa, Pueblo, and Crow Indians took part in the Ceremonies. Okinawa — (By Navy Radio); — Back nearly two...

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Awards for Valor to WW2 Native Americans

Name appears under photograph Congressional Medal Of Honor Lt. Jack C. Montgomery,…………………………….. Cherokee, Oklahoma Lt. Ernest Childers,…………………………………….. Creek, Oklahoma Silver Star S/Sgt. Francis B. Brave, Sioux, Oklahoma Lt. William Sixkiller, Jr., Cherokee, Oklahoma Pfc. Warren Gullickson., Sioux, South Dakota Pfc., James R. Alexander, Lummi, Washington Cpl. Leonard Webber, Shoshone, Idaho Lt. James Sulphur, Creek, Oklahoma Sgt. Knowlton Merritt, Klamath-Modoc, Oregon T/4 Roger K. Paul, Blackfoot, Montana Sgt Perry Skenandore, Oneida, Wisconsin Pfc. Ben Quintana, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico Cpl. Vincent Village Center, Sioux, South Dakota T/Sgt. Joseph Lawrence, Sioux, South Dakota Pfc. Francis Shaw, Pointe, Nevada Pfc. Philip Kowice,...

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Indian Honors in World War 2

A soldier, who is cited for gallantry in action, when that gallantry does not warrant the award of a Medal of Honor or a Distinguished Service Cross, is given the Silver Star. This decoration was awarded posthumously to Ben Quintana, a Keres, from Cochiti Pueblo. According to the citation, Ben was “an ammunition carrier in a light machine gun squadron charged with protection of the right flank of his troop which was counterattacked by superior numbers.” The gunner was killed and the assistant gunner severely wounded. “Private Quintana,” the citation continues, “refused to retire from this hazardous position and...

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Honor of Indian Heroism

The war has ended in victory for the United Nations, and after a troubled period of readjustment and reorganization, peace will come at last. The story of the Indians’ contribution to the winning of the war has been told only in part; and new material will be coming in for many months. As one of the Sioux boys says, “As a rule nowadays the fellows don’t go in for heroics.” But already the Indian record is impressive. In the spring of 1945, there were 2 1,767 Indians in the Army, 191 in the Navy, 121 in the Coast Guard,...

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Bryson, Howard – Obituary

Native Walla Wallan Howard Roscoe Bryson, 76, died July 18, 1989, at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center. The funeral service was held today at Washington Soldiers’ Home Chapel in Orting, Wash., and the memorial service was at Sumner (Wash.) Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Veterans of all Wars Court in Mountain View Cemetery, Tacoma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumner Presbyterian Church through hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, Wash. 98372. Bryson was born July 21, 1912, in Walla Walla. He was a direct descendant of William I. Price of Orange. Bryson’s ancestors settled at New Amsterdam, N.Y. from the Netherlands and later in Iowa. Some came West in a covered wagon and settled in Cove, Ore. He attended elementary school in Walla Walla. While at Walla Walla High School, he participated in numerous activities and won a tennis championship. He graduated from high school at 15 with an IQ of 150. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1933 from Whitman College when he was 19. While at Whitman, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, French club, the sophomore play staff, was a advertising manager of The Pioneer, in pep band, manager of the operetta “Pirates of Penzance,” and a member of the Drama Club, participating in “Blue Moon.” He taught commercial and business subjects in the Clarkston...

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World War 2 Casualties

This collection lists War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

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World War 2 Casualties – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard

Inclusion of names in the World War 2 Casualty Lists has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States...

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Wyoming World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Wyoming World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 Wyoming Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 185 Prison Camp 2 Missing 0 Wounded 175 Released Prisoners 19 Total 381 Wyoming World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Wyoming WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames Wyoming WW2 NMCG Casualty List –...

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Wisconsin World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Wisconsin World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 Wisconsin Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 1325 Prison Camp 24 Missing 0 Wounded 1766 Released Prisoners 58 Total 3173 Wisconsin World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Wisconsin WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames Wisconsin WW2 NMCG Casualty List –...

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Wisconsin WW2 NMCG Casualty List – L Surnames

LAACK,  Wulfurth Jerome, Motor machinist’s mate 3c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Laack, 8909 W. Maple St., West Allis. LACASSE, Edward Marcey, Seaman 1c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Maude Lacasse, Downe College, Milwaukee. (Later Address, 103 Sly st., Luzerne, Pa.) LACHMUND, Edwin, Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lachmund, Sr., Sauk City. LADEMAN,  Jerome Emmett, Signalman 3c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Natalie Duero Lademan, 1810 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. LAFFIN, Wallace H., Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Corrine Laffin, Rt. 2, Wausau. LAIDLAW, Robert John, Machinist’s ate 3c, USN. Guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Jamieson, Rt. 1, Thiensville. LAKATOS, Emil Joseph, Machinist’s mate 3c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Helen Catherine Lakatos, 1020 Madison St., Manitowoc. LAMBERT, Melvin Theodore, Watertender 1c, USN. Wife, Mrs. Eileen Veronica Lambert, 2009 E. 8th St., Superior. LAMBERT, William H., Jr., 2d Lieutenant, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. William E. Lambert, Jr., 2005 E. Beverly Rd., Milwaukee. LAMPING, Michael Frank, Fireman 2c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Regina L. Lamping, 1431 N. 20th St., Milwaukee. LANDAAL, Henry Byron, Lt. (jg) Medical Corps, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. George John Landaal, Waupun. LANG, Alexander O., Pvt., USMC. Mother, Mathilda Lang, Rt. 1, Box 264, Marathon. LANGWORTHY, Sterling O., Pvt., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Tessie Langworthy, Rt. 6, Chippewa Falls. LA PORTE, Sam Philip, Pharmacist’s mate 3c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Virginia LaPorte, 420 E. Reservoir Ave., Milwaukee. LARSEN, Gordon Valdemar, Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr....

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West Virginia World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this West Virginia World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 West Virginia Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 951 Prison Camp 12 Missing 0 Wounded 1301 Released Prisoners 31 Total 2295 West Virginia World War 2 NMCG Casualty List West Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames West Virginia...

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Washington World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Washington World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 Washington Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 1451 Prison Camp 54 Missing 0 Wounded 1300 Released Prisoners 158 Total 2963 Washington World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Washington WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames Washington WW2 NMCG Casualty List –...

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Virginia World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Virginia World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 Virginia Summary of War Casualties Dead: Combat 1235 Prison Camp 27 Missing 0 Wounded 1373 Released Prisoners 58 Total 2693 Virginia World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames Virginia WW2 NMCG Casualty List –...

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