(L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Buel Anglen, U.S. Air Force veteran John Carleton, Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation honored three veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the May Tribal Council meeting on Monday.
John Carleton, 73, of Owasso; Ralph Feather, 86, of Jay; and James Roe Sr., 85, of Warner, 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. Carleton was born in March 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1964. Carleton trained in both Texas and Illinois to become a special vehicle training instructor and then transferred to serve at the Tulsa Air National Guard base later that year. He did weekend guard duty and two week-long summer camps per year from 1964 to 1970. During that time, he would lead instruction on crash and rescue using emergency fire trucks. Carleton was honorably discharged in 1970.
“I’m so thankful for my daughter who has really opened up the door to me being more involved in the Cherokee Nation,” Carleton said. “I thank you for everything that you have done for us over the years.”
Cpl. Feather was born in March 1932 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952. After completing boot camp training, he was deployed to Korea to serve alongside other Marines on the 38th parallel battlegrounds, as a rifleman. After serving one tour in Korea, Feather returned stateside to serve at Moffat Field in California until he was honorably discharged in 1955.
Cpl. Roe was born in July 1933 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953. Roe served as part of the National Guard 45th Infantry Division and at the age of 17, served 3 weeks of active duty before being transferred to Fort Sill on kitchen police duty. Later, he also served at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where he became an engineer. In 1954, Roe was deployed to Korea and also served in Southeast Asia and Guam before returning stateside to Fort Carson in Colorado. Roe was honorably discharged in 1955.
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.
Julie Hubbard 918-207-3896
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