NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS AWARDED THE U.S. MEDAL OF HONOR

Apache Scout Nantaje

Of the 3,469 Medals of Honor awarded,29 have been awarded to Native Americans

Name Tribe/Nation Service Rank Conflict Place of action Date of action Notes
Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish Pawnee Army Sergeant Indian Wars Republican RiverKansas July 8, 1869 "Ran out from the command in pursuit of a dismounted Indian; was shot down and badly wounded by a bullet from his own command"
Chiquito White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1871–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Jim White Mountain Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars
Winter of 1871–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Machol Apache Army Private Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Nannasaddie White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Nantaje White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
William Alchesay White Mountain Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Blanquet Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Elsatsoosu Apache Army Corporal Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Kelsay White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Kosoha White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Adam Paine Black Seminole Army Private Indian Wars Canyon Blanco tributary of the Red RiverTexas September 26, 1874 – September 27, 1874 "Rendered invaluable service to Col. R. S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry, during this engagement"
Pompey Factor Black Seminole Army Private Indian Wars Pecos RiverTexas April 25, 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
Isaac Payne Black Seminole Army Trumpeter Indian Wars Pecos RiverTexas April 25, 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
John Ward Black Seminole Army Sergeant Indian Wars Pecos RiverTexas April 25, 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
Rowdy Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars Arizona Territory March 7, 1890
Pappy Boyington Sioux Marine Corps Major World War II Central Solomonsarea, Pacific Ocean September 12, 1943 – January 3, 1944 Led his squadron in a series of missions against superior numbers
Ernest Childers Muscogee[2] Army Second Lieutenant World War II OlivetoItaly September 22, 1943 Although injured, killed two snipers and attacked two machine gun nests
Michael E. Thornton Cherokee[2] Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Vietnam War South Vietnam October 31, 1972 (Still living) Through a hail of fire he succeeded in removing his seriously wounded superior officer then towed him two hours in the water until being rescued
Jack C. Montgomery Cherokee[2] Army First Lieutenant World War II near PadiglioneItaly February 22, 1944 Single-handedly attacked two German positions and took dozens of prisoners
Van T. Barfoot Choctaw[2] Army Technical Sergeant World War II near CaranoItaly May 23, 1944 Single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests, took prisoners, and disabled a tank
Roy W. Harmon* Army Sergeant World War II near CasagliaItaly July 12, 1944 Single-handedly attacked three German positions although wounded
Ernest E. Evans* Cherokee/Muscogee[3] Navy Commander World War II off SamarPhilippines October 25, 1944 Although wounded, continued to command his crippled ship until its sinking
John N. Reese, Jr.* Army Private First Class World War II Paco Railroad Station, ManilaPhilippines February 9, 1945 With another soldier, attacked a Japanese-held railroad station
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.* Ho-Chunk[2] Army Corporal Korean War near ChonghyonKorea November 5, 1950 Maintained an exposed position, continued to fight after being wounded
Raymond Harvey Chickasaw[4] Army Captain Korean War near Taemi-DongKorea March 9, 1951 Led his men against a series of emplacements, continued to lead after being wounded
Tony K. Burris* Choctaw[5] Army Sergeant First Class Korean War near Mundung-niKorea October 8, 1951 – October 9, 1951 Single-handedly attacked two positions although wounded, killed while attacking a third
Woodrow W. Keeble* Sioux[6] Army Master Sergeant Korean War near Sangsan-niKorea October 20, 1951 Single-handedly attacked three machine gun nests
Charles George* Cherokee[2] Army Private First Class Korean War near Songnae-dongKorea November 30, 1952 Smothered the blast of a grenade with his body
James E. Williams Cherokee Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class

 Vietnam 

War

Mekong RiverSouth Vietnam October 31, 1966 Destroyed 65 boats and over 1,000 enemy
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WHAT IS THE MEDAL OF HONOR?

The Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration awarded to individuals who, while serving in the U.S. armed services, have distinguished themselves by conspicuous gallantry and courage at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.

Each recommendation for this decoration must incontestably prove that the act of bravery or self-sacrifice involved obvious risk of life and, if the risk hadn't been taken, there would be no just grounds for censure. The award is made in the name of congress and is presented by the President of the United States. Originally authorized by congress in 1861, it's sometimes called the "Congressional Medal of Honor."