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Joe Medicine Crow-High Bird stands between Senator Alan K. Simpson and Forrest at the Buffalo BillHistorical Center where the three are board members. Joe is 100 years old and the other two guys are mere kids in their low 80s.

Joe Medicine Crow-High Bird stands between Senator Alan K. Simpson and Forrest at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center where the three are board members. Joe is 100 years old and the other two guys are mere kids in their low 80s.

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Joe, one of Forrest’s heroes, is best known for his writings and lectures about the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In WW II he became the last war chief of the Crow tribe. This is what Wikipedia says about Joe.

”Whenever he went into battle, he wore his war paint beneath his uniform and a sacred eagle feather beneath his helmet. Medicine Crow completed all four tasks required to become a war chief. He touched a living enemy soldier (1) and disarmed an enemy (2) when he turned a corner and found himself face to face with a young German soldier. ‘The collision knocked the German’s weapon to the ground. Mr. Medicine Crow lowered his own weapon and the two fought hand-to-hand. In the end Mr. Crow got the best of the German, grabbing him by the neck and choking him. He was going to kill the German soldier on the spot when the man screamed out “momma”. Mr. Crow let him go.’”

He also led a successful war party (3) and stole an enemy horse (4), making a midnight raid to steal the horses from a battalion of German officers. As he rode off, he sang a traditional Crow honor song.

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