Veterans Page

The Southeastern Cherokee Council, Inc. is seeking information on all members, past or present, that were/are veterans.

We are building this special page on our webite to honor our vets.


Information may include full name, rank, branch of service, dates, units, brief history, what you are doing today, family information, etc. You may submit as much, or as little, as you choose. Scanned photographs are always welcome.

Click here to skip the intro and go directly to the SECCI veterans list.


Warrior Song of the Lakota


Tunkaљilayapi tawapaha kin oihankeљni najin kte lo
Iyoh^late oyate kin wicicagin kta ca hecamon welo

He yuha natan pe
He yuha natan pe
Tunkaљilayapi tawapaha ca he yuha natan pelo
Lakhota hokљila he ohitika ca he yuha natan pe
Tunkaљilayapi tawapaha ca he yuha natan pelo

The flag of the United States will fly forever
Beneath it, the people will grow
That is why I do this

They are carrying it, charging
They are carrying it, charging
They are carrying the flag of the United States, charging
The brave Lakota boys are carrying it, charging
They are carrying the flag of the United States, charging.




Principal Chief Chad Smith,
at the dedication of the Cherokee Warrior Memorial, spoke of the history of Native Americans who have entered this country’s
military; no other ethnic group has served at a higher percentage.


"In World War II, 25,000 Native Americans in all fronts of Europe and Asia received more than 71 Air Medals,  51 Silver Stars, 47 Bronze Stars, 34 Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Congressional Medals of Honor," he said. "In Korea, many Native Americans joined the service during that conflict. In Vietnam, more than 41,500 Native Americans enlisted to serve  the United States….This gave Native Americans the  highest  record of service of any ethnic group in the country’s history."


The Cherokee Veteran Warriors Memorial is located on the grounds of the Cherokee Nation Headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The memorial includes a black granite wall inscribed in both Cherokee and English with these words: "A grateful Cherokee Nation dedicates this memorial to all Cherokee men and women, both living and dead, who have defended their families, their people, and their homeland" on one side. The opposite side reads as follows: "These names are carved in stone forever - so that we and our children can learn and remember. POW-MIA, you are not forgotten."

You can read more about the memorial by clicking  here.

    SECCI Veterans

Anderson, Alvin W Jr , SP-E 5
Oct 1974--Nov 1977
Transportation Detachment.
MOS- 61C20 / 61B20  Water Craft operator and Diesel engineman
Basic Training: Ft. Knox Kentucky, MOS Training: Ft. Eutis Va.
Assigned to 309th Transportation Detachment.  Larc 60 Amphibious Vehicles.



Barfield, John A.  USN Ret.

Joined:  August 1960
1961 - 1962  Naval Station  Newport, RI
1962 - 1967  USS Forrestal CVA - 59
1967 - 1971  Naval Station  Roosevelt Rhodes, Puerto Rico
1971 - 1973  USS Newport News  CA - 148
1973 - 1975  Com Crudes Gru 8  Barge Coxwain
1975 - 1978  Naval Station  Naples, Italy
1978 - 1981  USS Piedmont  AD - 17
Retired in April, 1981


Blessing, Terry L.

I was a sergeant in the Marine Corps, 1971-1977
My job was Helo Crew Chief and Door Gunner.
I was a gunner instructor in Marietta Ga. For 2 yrs.  Semper Fi.


Bragg, Tommy Ray "Dragonfly"

I am Wadaduga (DRAGONFLY) Chief of the Longhair Band of Florida.

USNavy--Chief Electronics Technician (E-7) Retired.

Served from 1955 to 1979    Awarded: USN Achievement Medal, USN/USMC Meritorious Unit Ribbon,
USN "E" Ribbon, USN Good Conduct Medal (5 awards ), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,
USN Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 Stars), USN Expert Rifle Medal, USN Expert Pistol Medal.
I served on three ships: USS Northampton CLC-1, USS Florikan ASR-9 and USS Albany CG-10.
I was Rangemaster for Naval Stations at Kodiak, Alaska and the Panama Canal Zone.


Campbell, Sam

I was in Viet Nam 1972-73 U.S. Air Force, 7th. Air Force, 633 Combat Support Group as a Para-Rescue.

Chambers, Thomas J.

US Army -- SFC (Ret.)

Dates of Service June 28, 1972 - September 30, 1993

Compton, Eugene A.

Sergeant First Class, United States Army (Retired)
79727 Old Milford Road
Milford, KS  66514

I currently reside just outside Fort Riley, KS.
Cutshaw, Thomas "Soaring Eagle"

Rank: PFC
Branch: United States Army
Service Time:  1983-1986
Unit:  101st Airborne Air Assault Division, Ft. Campbell, KY
Duties: Chaplain Assistant, PAC Clerk, Infantry

I currently reside in Newport, Tennessee. 

I am a proud member of the One Spirit Band of Tennessee and the SECCI. 
I serve as Historian for the One Spirit Band. 
I have two beautiful daughters Casey "White Dove" Cutshaw and Ashley "Spit Fire" Cutshaw, and one Granddaughter Jasmine Murphy.

Exum, Barry R.

MSG, FLARNG
Bn Operations NCO
I joined the US Army 2 Aug 71 and currently still on active duty, and am a US Army Ranger, Master Parachutist, Pathfinder and Special Forces from 86-95.

Served in Desert Storm, El Salvador. 



Fassett, Lori "Spirit Warrior"


Navy veteran, now 100% disabled (VA), having served from 11/69 to
3/73.  I am also medically retired as an E-4.


Faulkner, James W.
   
Retired after 20 yrs service in the Army and a Vietnam Vet,
flew with the 135th Assault Helicopter Company.

He also flew with NATO in Turkey. Along with flying Nuclear Warheads into Germany, he was in charge of H47's, Cobra gunships and flew Chinooks in Germany.

He retired Sergeant 1st class in 1982. He is still serving for our protection by being a shift commander at Brushy Mountain State Prison in Petros, Tennessee.  He is also a veteran at being a Great husband to me and his first wife Donna who crossed over several years ago.


Fisher, Harry "Jumping Trout"


I served with the US Army from February 1959 until February 1965, in the 666th Transportation Company
at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The wife and I have been married for 40 years and have 5 children. We live near Greensboro, North Carolina.

Fisher, Ken "Quiet River"


Vice Band Chief of the Turtle Moon Band and  Band Chief of the former Black Wolf Warriors society.
Technical Sgt. in the USAF from 1965 thru 1972

Fowler, Teressa "Wolf Dawn"

United States Coast Guard Veteran

I am with the Hummingbird Medicine Clan in Springfield, Missouri
Green, Kimberly

Veteran of the US Air Force.

I am a member of the Where Rivers Meet Band in Michigan

Halligan, Ed M. U.S.M.C.

2rd Airwing
1966-1968

June 18,1971 I married Col. Leo Jillisky's USMC daughter and we are still married.
Retired disabled Police Sergeant and Retired Police Union President



Hickman Jr., John I. 

SGT USAF

Served Oct 1971--June 1975  Basic Training at Lackland AFB, Texas. 
Served as Law Enforcement - Specialized MOS 81250.

Served at Ellington AFB, Texas, Udapal AFB Thailand, Bolling AFB Washington, D. C.
Hickman, J.

2111 Marines Small Arms
Repair/Technician





Hicks, Doyle Q.  (currently retired)


56th Fighter Group
US Air Force Fighter Pilot
Flew P-38's, P-40's, P-47's, & P-51's (Pursuit Planes)
Rank in:  Private
Rank out:  Captain
Jan 1941 - Feb 1946
Aleutian Islands tour

Hill, Michael "Yona"


I am a Gulf War Veteran, having served in Operation Desert Shield & Operation Desert Storm.  I am
a member of the Hummingbird Medicine band from Springfield, Missouri. 

I was named Yona by Phyllis Shryock, Band Mother.


SPC. WAYNE S. HOCH, JR. (E-4)
WINGS ON FEET,
SON OF JOYCE SPIRIT WIND BUGAISKI

U.S. ARMY
FT. JACKSON
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND
FT. BRAGG
CAMP HOUZE, KOREA

HE SPECIALIZED IN MAINTAINING/REPAIRING TANKS,
HUM-V,
LARGE ARTILLERY EQUIPMENT
AND DIESEL
GENERATOR REPAIR WHILE STATIONED IN
FT. BRAGG AND SOUTH KOREA.

MEDALS/DECORATIONS INCLUDE:

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL; THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION; THE ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL;  ARMY SERVICE RIBBON;  OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON;  PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION;
KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL;  ARMY SUPERIOR UNIT AWARD;
ARMY VALOROUS UNIT CITATION;
SHARPSHOOTER AND EXPERT MARKSMAN IN RIFLE AND PISTOL.

Krossber, Rita "Spirit Moon"
I  am a Vietnam Era Veteran of the Marine Corps.

LAWSON, Raymond R., SSgt
Grey Wolf, Husband of Chief Panther

US ARMY AIR CORPS      09/01/1944----18/03/1945
US ARMY                         19/03/1945 ---31/07/1966  (RET)

OVERSEAS DUTY            MOS  #63040  TRACKED VEHICLE MECHANIC

ISLAND of GUAM (PACIFIC)  WW II
PUSAN, KOREA                   KOREAN WAR
MANHEIM, GERMANY
NEWFOUNDLAND               PEACE TIME

MEDALS:
ASIATIC THEATRE of OPERATIONS
ASIATIC/PACIFIC THEATRE OPERATIONS
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
WW II VICTORY MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
OAK LEAF CLUSTER



Chief Gray Wolf Lawson,
husband of Chief Panther,
crossed over into Nightland at sunrise,
29 December 2002


Lawson, Robin "Lone Bear"

SSgt Lawson served with the 2nd Battallion, 121st Infantry (Mechanized) of the Georgia Army National Guard (Active Duty Capable). He was a squad commander, and a Master Gunner on the M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.  His previous duty stations include Parris Island, SC, Little Creek, VA, and Quantico, VA. He served with the Marine Corps for a period of five years before enlisting in the Army. Decorations include 4 Army Achievement Medals, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and Rifle Marksman Badge. He recently served on Task Force Eagle on peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. His unit awards include the Presidential Unit Citation (WWII), Unit Commendation (WWII), and the French Forgeirre (WWII)

48th Infantry Brigade
Georgia National Guard
Iraq Veteran
Armes, Thomas D. Southern Owl

Member of Chota Band, Maryville,Tn.

Thomas D.Lee Southern Owl Armes, son of John Henry Strong Horse Armes and Zula Free Dove Armes.  (Both Deceased) 

I served in U.S. Army/Reserves/National Guard from Jan1984-August2001. On September15, 2001 I was placed on Active Duty. Stationed at Ft,Campbell Ky. Worked with Base Hospital Pathology. My Mos 92M40  Mortuary Affairs Specialist. I was E5/SGT in charge of processing wounded troops in and out of the Medical Hold Company who returned to the States wounded from Iraq. to get medical care, treatment and if serious enough discharge from the Army.  I held better than TS clearance.  

I have many awards, medals and honors. Among those: Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Ribbons with clusters, Global War on Terror War Ribbon, Cold War Service Ribbon among other ribbons and badges earned for soldiering. 

In May 2004 I was Medically Discharged Honorably after 20 years service to my country. Asked if knowing what I know now about the Army and the many months away from loved ones during times of conflict would I join the Army? YES. Asked, if you were asked  to do it all over again, being shot at by the various enemies you've encountered would you  enlist?  My answer to them and to you: HELL YES!

Morgan, Don PROUD EAGLE

I am retired from the U.S. Navy. I served from May 18, 1976 until May 30, 1996.

I retired as a Chief Mess Specialist.
Murden, W. Gale

SPC, U.S. Army
Sep 1981 - Sep 1984
MOS:  91-E, Dental Specialist

Assigned to the Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston, TX
Currently living in Converse, TX (suburb of San Antonio).

O'Neil,ll, Vernon Patrick Bear

Vernon Patrick Bear O'Neil II (deceased ) is the late son of Cap't. (USN RET.) Vernon O'Neil and Mogi-Kinsey (SECCI) O'Neil, and brother to Mogi O'Neil Hogle (SECCI). Bear was a member of SECCI, as well.

Bear was a CT3 (ent) E4 in The U.S. Navy. He entered the navy in 1963 and was honorably discharged around 1968. He served aboard The USS Constellation and in Vietnam. He earned The Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, and The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

In civilian life, Bear was a physicist, linguist with eight languages at his command, a Judo Martial Arts master, author (his book, "The Cosmology of John Ross" is in The SECCI Library at Ochlochnee) and electrical engineer. 

He was also a devoted husband and the proud father of Ian (Star Eagle) , Patrick III (Silver Eagle), and Brian (Fire Snake) O'Neil, all of whom are members of SECCI.
Pahl, Leo F.  Sleeping Bear

U.S. Navt Seabees during WWII. Stationed in Hawaii, Fireman-Butcher. Was married and had seven children, one of whom preceded him in crossing over. The rest are here and all members of SECCI.

Pennington, Larry W.

Master Sergeant (Ret.) Tennessee Air National Guard

I joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1966 and served in the 30th Armored Division until it was down- sized to the 30th Armored Brigade. I got out of the Army Guard as a Sgt. in an armored unit.   I was the gunner in a M-60 tank. I joined the Tennessee Air National Guard in the 118th Security Police Sq. in Nashville, Tennessee. I served there for the next 13 years and retired with 20 years as a Master Sergeant over a 44 man Security Flight.

I am a member of the Sugar Creek Band of Lawrence Co., Tennessee.


Phipps, Peggy Ann

Daughter of Selu Siligi Lawson

Medical Service Specialist
E3 - Airman 1st Class

Basic Training -  11/27/89 - 1/90, Lackland AFB
Technical Training -  1/90 - 4/90, Shephard AFB
Clinical Training -  4/90 - 8/90, Mather AFB
Eielson AFB, Northpole, Alaska
8/90 - 6/91

Received honorable discharge 6/91

Served in Inactive Reserves until 1995

Ritchie, Polly Ann Smith

Qualla, Chief of the Wee Toc Band in Formation of SeCCI

I was in the U. S. Air Force in the early 60's (before Vietnam). I was a still photographer
stationed at Randolph Base near San Antonio, Texas.

Schreiner, Don  “Standing Bear”

Chief, Florida Nighthawk Band, SECCI

Joined U.S.M.C. 1958, served with Regimental Headquarters Company 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Jejune, NC and Force Adjutant’s Office FMFLant, Norfolk, VA.  Special TAD U.S.N. – Beirut, Lebanon.  U.S.M.C. Pistol Team, Parris Island, NC.

Shay, John White Eagle

US Navy Retired Veteran Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Petty Officer. 
Boot Camp; San Diego, CA 1975
USS Bryce Canyon(AD36) 1976-78
Preventive Medicine Technician  Class "C" School Oakland, CA 1978-79
Naval Regional Medical Center Charleston, SC 1979-81
Naval Regional Medical Clinic Annapolis, MD 1981-84
Naval Regional Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor, HI 1984-86
USS Proteus (AS-19) 1986-87
Field Medical Technician School Camp Pendleton, CA 1987
1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade Kaneohe Bay, HI 1987-1988
1st Marines 3rd Battalion 1988-89
1st Marines Brigade Service and Support Group 1989-1990
National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD 1990-1994 (Medical Retirement 1991)

Stewart, Glen R.

Airman 1st Class

Air Force,1955-1962

Communications

Thompson, Sharon Irene  Brightstar


Vass, Douglas M. Deer Dreamer

U.S.M.C   Service Dates 1969-1971

Private First Class.  M.O.S.  0311  Small Arms Proof Tec. Infantry

Vietnam service  June of  1970- January 1971
Ventura, Frank J. Bald Eagle

Air Force Retired

Service Dates Jul 1966 - Jul 1986

I was in the Communications Career Field

Waters, Betty Dreamwalker

I am a disabled Vet and I served during Vietnam from 1973 until 1979.  I was a combat medic.

MAY THE WIND ALWAYS BE AT YOUR BACK AND CREATOR FOREVER BEFORE YOUR FACE
West, James D.

Jam-Sa' Go-le-Ga

INARNG 63 - 67  E-3
USAFRes 67-69  E-5

Disabled American Veteran

71st Special Operations Squadron - The only USAFRes unit sent to Vietnam.

Master Sergeant.

Yarbrough, William Sleeping Coyote


US Army from 1965 to 1970. Took basic at Fort Knox, Ky.
Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO.

Stationed at Fort Hood TX in 1966.
Cincinnati Dayton Air Defense, at Dillsbrough, In. 1967.

4th Air Defense Group, Burn Germany.
Attached to the German Air Force 1968 to 1970,
and finally at Fort Bliss TX. from January 1970 to
November 1970.

And one year in the Indiana Army National Guard
at Bedford IN. in the 25th Engineer Group, hauling stone
from Bedford to Camp Atterbury to crush and put on the roads.

Many thanks to you all for stepping forward to defend our families,
our people and our homeland. We shall remain forever grateful...
Winston, Steven "Lone Wolf Martin

Roll # WIM9337

United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War.
MIHACY, SP4 PAUL ANTHONY "WHITE HORSE"


ARMY HEADQUARTERS, BRACONNE FRANCE 1961

INSTRUCTOR AND INSPECTOR, FIRST LOGISTIC COMMAND

JONES, HERBERT PAUL

NATIVE NAME  "SILENT WARRIOR"


1803 SVC COMMAND UNIT MILITARY POLICE, WWII



LOVING HUSBAND TO BONNIE D. JONES,

AND FATHER

  TO AUDREY AUTUMN SNOW JONES.


HE LOVED HIS COUNTRY AND THE FLAG.

 
Robert Leslie Davis  - Eagle Feather 
born June 27th, 1945 - July 3rd, 2014.
He served in the United States Army, and
was a Vietnam veteran.
He was very proud of his Native American Heritage.
Cherokee / Chippewa and a member of SECCI.
Benedict, Andy Scott "White Hawk"

Army Corps of Engineers Feb., 1, 1984 - 1988, C-4-4 Trng Brgd., Ft. Leonardwood, MO. 

237 (Cmbt) Engr. tln, Heilbronn, W. Germany.  3rd (Cmbt) Engr. Btln, Ft. Stewart, GA.

MI Army Natl. Guard, 1436 Construction Engr., Montigue, MI  1988 - 1990.

15 yrs. Vol. Fire Fighter w/Baugo Twp. Fire Dept., 1994 - 2009.

Member of Thunderbird Band, Quincy, MI
Zink, William T. "Silverbear"
Member #:  ZIM1819
Ellis, John "Many Winds"

Captain, U.S. Air Force
August, 1967 - April, 1978

Worked on Research & Development, developing systems that would detect nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.  Also worked with NASA at Kennedy Space Center working on the transfer of launch processing system techynology to the AF Shuttle facility at Vandenberg AFB in California. 
Grooms, Edward - information forthcoming
Pvt. Edward W. Thomas,


The Battle of Normandy, June 6, 1944


He was a medic who would go with his medical team
and bring the wounded back from the beaches
and further inland as the war raged on,
carrying them on stretchers to the hospital ship he served on.
SSG Timothy Hagar, MP US Army, K9 Bomb Unit
163rd MP DET. Ft. Campbell, KY.

Operation Enduring Freedom Bagram, Afghanistan
Operation Bright Star, Eqypt.

MP with the 977th MP Co at Ft. Riley, KS
Deployed to Camp Demi, Bosnia in Operation Joint Guard.

Basic law enforcement, stateside in the US on various assigned posts.


Tim was with a bomb dog detachment that checked
for bombs throughout his servicve in the Middle East
as well as sweeping for bombs stateside at the UN, the
White House for President Bush, VP Cheney's house and other government buildings. 

He also guarded and checked for bombs at Arlington and other military installations and memorials in DC.


Mihacy, James
Medic, US Army SP4

2nd Armored Division.
1965, Ft. Hood, Texas