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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 07:05 AM
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Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux awarded belated Medal of Honor & apology
Keeble received the honor 60 years late and after two previous recommendations had been lost. Keeble passed away in 1982.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23456218 /

WASHINGTON - President Bush apologized Monday that the country waited decades to honor Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble for his military valor in Korea, giving him the Medal of Honor more than 25 years after he died.

Keeble is the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the nations highest military award. But it came almost six decades after he saved the lives of fellow soldiers. Keeble died in 1982.

On behalf of our grateful nation, I deeply regret that this tribute comes decades too late, Bush said at the White House medal ceremony. Woody will never hold this medal in his hands or wear it on his uniform. He will never hear a president thank him for his heroism. He will never stand here to see the pride of his friends and loved ones, as I see in their eyes now.

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Fellow soldiers, family members and others have been pushing Congress and the White House for years to award Keeble the medal. They said the man known as Chief, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe, deserves the medal for his actions in Korea in 1951, when he saved the lives of other soldiers by taking out more than a dozen of their enemies on a steep hill, even though he himself was wounded.

Soldiers watched in awe as Woody single-handedly took out one machine gun nest, and then another, Bush said. When Woody was through, all 16 enemy soldiers were dead, the hill was taken, and the Allies won the day.


more at link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23456218 /
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