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03-12-2007, 10:06 AM
a full blooded Cherokee and believed to be the most decorated american indian of the Vietnam War has died from complications with pneumonia and renal failure. He was awarded the DSC, Purple Heart, five Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. He had suffered for years from exposure to Agent Orange. He was 57 years old.
03-12-2007, 11:23 AM
by Henry Timrod
Sleep sweetly in your humble graves,
Sleep, martyrs of a fallen cause;
Though yet no marble column craves
The pilgrim here to pause.
In seeds of laurel in the earth
The blossom of your fame is blown,
And somewhere, waiting for its birth,
The shaft is in the stone!
Meanwhile, behalf the tardy years
Which keep in trust your storied tombs,
Behold! your sisters bring their tears
And these memorial blooms.
Small tributes! but your shades will smile
More proudly on these wreaths to-day
Than when some cannon-molded pile
Shall overlook this bay.
Stoop, angels, hither from the skies!
There is no holier spot of ground
Than where defeated valor lies,
By mourning beauty crowned.
03-12-2007, 11:35 AM
A few years back while working at the Cahokia Mounds Historical Site we had yearly a weekend where native american artist came to display their handmade items. At one came an artist that displayed a native american Vietnam soldier looking at his replexion in a stream. That soldier was Billy Walkabout. I couildnot afford the origianal painting or even a larger print but I was able to buy a smaller one which I still have.
03-12-2007, 01:58 PM
... which means "that's a shame" in Lakota. (Sorry, it's the only Native American language I speak.)
The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.
(The Bivouac of the Dead by Theodore O'Hara)
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