Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, U.S. Army veteran Charles Brave, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick and Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation honored three U.S. Army veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the April Tribal Council meeting.
Charles Brave, 84, of Hulbert; Hosea Wallis, 85, of Claremore; and Roy Hill, 72, of Tahlequah, were recognized by Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service to their country.
Cpl. Brave was born in 1934 and was drafted in 1953 into the Army. Brave completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where he received training as a heavy equipment operator and a bridge builder. During training, he became certified as a demolition explosive and landmines sweep team member. In June 1953, Brave was deployed to Korea where he served for the next 18 months. In December 1954, he was honorably discharged. After he was discharged, Brave completed eight more years of service in the Army Reserves.
“I look around at all of these young people, and I can’t help but think how proud I am to have served this country, and I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Brave said.
Cpl. Wallis was born in 1932 and drafted in 1953 into the U.S. Army. Wallis attended basic training at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas and then boarded the 105 Howitzer for extended training. After training, he was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas in the 73rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion. During his time at Fort Hood, Wallis cross trained in clerk school. In May 1955, he was honorably discharged.
Sgt. Hill was born in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. Hill attended basic training and airborne jump school as well as advanced individual training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. After basic training, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served in Operation Rose and Operation Klamath Falls. Hill was involved in search-and-destroy missions and protection detail. Hill was honorably discharged in February 1968.
Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.
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