(L to R) Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, Daniel Mead, Danny Doolin, Joseph Rainwater, Jon Ketcher, L.D. Drywater, Shannon Buhl, Tony Asbill and Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation honored seven of its marshals who served in the military with the Cherokee Medal of Patriotism during its April 22 Tribal Council meeting.
Deputy Marshal Jon Ketcher, 42, of Pryor; Sgt. Danny Doolin, 56, of Braggs; Marshal Executive Director Shannon Buhl, 43, of Tahlequah; Deputy Marshal Daniel Mead, 33, of Tahlequah; Sgt. Joseph Rainwater, 39, of Tahlequah; Deputy Marshal L.D. Drywater, 63, of Tahlequah; and Sgt. Tony Asbill, 48, of Stilwell received a medal and plaque from Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden acknowledging their service to the country.
“This honor has made us extremely proud of our service to the Nation in the military and to the Cherokee Nation through the Marshal Service. These guys didn’t just put their lives at risk during their military service, but they do it daily,” Buhl said. “Veterans don’t get recognized enough, and it says a lot about the Cherokee Nation that the administration and council take time out of their busy schedules to do that.”
Ketcher was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993 and a specialist in the U.S. Army from 2003-2005. He served during Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He has received the Marine Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Doolin was an E-8 master sergeant in the U.S. Army and first sergeant in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1974-1999, and he is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Some of the honors he has received include an Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge and expert rifleman.
Buhl was a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves. He served from 1986-2001 and is a veteran of the Gulf War. His awards include an Expeditionary Medal, three commendations, two achievements and a National Defense Award.
Mead was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999-2005. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include a Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, two Global War on Terrorism Medals, Expert Rifle Badge and Marksman Pistol Badge.
Rainwater was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving from 1992-2000. He received his basic training in Fort McClellan, Ala., and was stationed in Massachusetts, South Korea and the national training center in Fort Irwin, Calif.
Drywater was the rank of private first class in the U.S. Army and served from 1966-1968. He is a Vietnam War veteran. During his service, he received a National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge and Expert Rifle Badge.
Asbill was a lieutenant corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1984-1987. He received his basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and New River, N.C. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.
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 918-453-5541 or 800-256-0671, ext. 5541.
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