Congress, Please give the Medal of Honor to Joseph Oklahombi
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During the October 1918 Meuse-Argonne campaign German intelligence successfully intercepted Allied military correspondence. To combat the problem the 141st, 142d, and 143d Infantry Regiments utilized Choctaw soldiers, including Oklahombi, to translate messages in their native tongue. At headquarters they "decoded" Choctaw into English and communicated messages to those in the field.
These Choctaw were the original "Code Talkers."
On October 8, 1918, Private Oklahombi was at St. Etienne, France. He and 23 other soldiers attacked an enemy position and captured 171 Germans while killing some 79 more as they seized the German Artillery. They held their position for four days while under attack.
Oklahombi was awarded the Silver Star with Victory Ribbon, and the Croix de Guerre from France's Marshal Henri-Philippe Petain.
Oklahombi was recognized as Oklahoma’s Greatest Hero even at the time the members of the Choctaw Nation were NOT U.S. citizens.
We are asking Congress to honor and award Joseph Oklahombi the Medal of Honor he deserves for his contributions to The United States of America during World War 1.
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