Medal of Honor for Pascal Poolaw
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Pascal Cleatus Poolaw, a full blooded Kiowa Indian, from Oklahoma, fought in three wars, World War II, Korea, and gave his life in Vietnam. He is one of the most decorated Native Americans in US military history. It is widely believed that, despite the heroism that awarded him with three Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars and three Purple hearts, he was passed over for a Congressional Medal of Honor due to his Native American heritage. Overall, 1SG Poolaw earned over 40 commendations.
On Nov. 7, 1967, Poolaw's unit, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, was part of a search and destroy mission near the village of Loc Ninh. The unit was attacked by numerically superior Viet Cong force. Under a hail of fire, Poolaw raced to the lead squad, exposed all the way, and deployed the squad there to lay down a base of fire. This action saved countless lives, but Poolaw wasn't finished. He continued moving among the troops, making sure they were positioned properly, while pulling casualties, including his wounded company commander back to friendly lines despite being wounded twice himself. He was mortally wounded by a rocket propelled grenade as he pulled another casualty back to the lines.
The example of Poolaw's bravery and devotion lives on at Fort Sill, where he served for a year before going to Vietnam. Poolaw Hall at Sheridan Road was named after him and contains an exhibit dedicated to the American Indian Soldier.
This petition is to request that our United States Congress post humously award 1SG Poolaw the Congressional Medal of Honor he earned 50 years ago.
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