Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Woodrow Wilson Keeble, Sioux Veteran.


Almost six decades after his actions, and 26 years after his death, Msgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble was awarded the Model of Honor in the East Room of the White House by President Bush. The MOH was accepted by Keeble's stepson, Russell. Woodrow Wilson Keeble is the first full-blooded Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor. He served in the Korean War.

Msgt. Keeble's Medal of Honor citation states:

"Alone, Woody was able to get into the trenches with the enemy soldiers and eliminated two trenches' worth. From there, he worked his way to the right of the enemy and took out the first bunker with a grenade.

Then, he retreated back to his first line of defense, crossed to his extreme left and took out the second bunker with a grenade. Then he went back to the third bunker with a grenade and subdued the rest of the enemy with his rifle.

Woody was hit in the chest, both arms, right calf, knee, right thigh and left thigh. One eyewitness said he saw the chest bullet come out of his back."

H/T and thanks to Jesse Wendel and The Group News Blog.

2 comments:

t4toby said...

I can only hope I am remembered as that caliber of bad-ass.

Probably not, though. That's a pretty high bar.

Tonight I will lift an IPA to W.W. Keeble.

The Stuffmeister said...

That's not bad ass, T4, that's a man doing his job.

A sergeant taught it to me when I was nineteen and it's helped keep me alive ever since.

"DON'T QUIT" he'd holler in your face. "You CANNOT LOSE if you don't stop fighting!!"

Thats a man doing his job...

mikey