(L to R) Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan, U.S. Air Force veteran Joe Cummings, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd and Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation honored an U.S. Air Force veteran and two U.S. Army veterans at the Tribal Council meeting on Monday.
Joe Cummings, 70, of Wagoner; Connie Moore, 78, of Nowata; and David Hall, 65, of Wister; were recognized by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.
Sgt. Cummings served in the National Guard for four months before enlisting in the Air Force in July of 1966. After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Cummings was sent to Mt. Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Cummings served in Idaho for three years before deploying to Vietnam. After deployment, he was transferred to McChord Air Force Base in Washington and received an honorable discharge in 1970.
“It is so nice to be recognized by the tribe with this award, I feel very honored,” Cummings said.
Sgt. Moore enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 1958. Moore completed basic training at Fort Carson in Colorado, where he learned to be a wheel and track mechanic. Moore was then transferred to Fort Knox in Kentucky, where he spent 15 weeks as a track vehicle mechanic specialist before receiving orders to report to the 2nd Armored Calvary to serve in Bamberg, Germany. While stationed in Germany, he received several commendations for his service and was honorably discharged in July of 1961.
Staff Sgt. Hall enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1971 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Hall moved on to complete advanced training at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, Fort Polk in Louisiana and Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. After his training, Hall was deployed to Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Hall served in Maryland before being honorably discharged in 1978. In 1988, Hall reenlisted in the Army Reserves, where he served tours in Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Kuwait. Hall was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves in September of 2004.
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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