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Ernest "Chief" Childers
Date of birth: 1 Feb. 1918
Place of birth: Broken Arrow, Okla.
Home of record: Tulsa, Okla.

Ernest Childers entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the Oklahoma National Guard. A Creek Indian, he was the first Native American to earn the Medal of Honor since the days of the Indian Campaigns in the previous century. He and fellow recipient Jack Montgomery both graduated from the same school, the Chilocco Indian Agriculture School in Chilocco, Oklahoma.


Medal of Honor Awarded for actions during the World War II
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action on 22 September 1943, at Oliveto, Italy, while serving with Company C, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Although Second Lieutenant Childers previously had just suffered a fractured instep he, with eight enlisted men, advanced up a hill toward enemy machinegun nests. The group advanced to a rock wall overlooking a cornfield and Second Lieutenant Childers ordered a base of fire laid across the field so that he could advance. When he was fired upon by two enemy snipers from a nearby house he killed both of them. He moved behind the machinegun nests and killed all occupants of the nearer one. He continued toward the second one and threw rocks into it. When the two occupants of the nest raised up, he shot one. The other was killed by one of the eight enlisted men. Second Lieutenant Childers continued his advance toward a house farther up the hill, and single-handed, captured an enemy mortar observer. The exceptional leadership, initiative, calmness under fire, and conspicuous gallantry displayed by Second Lieutenant Childers were an inspiration to his men. Ernest "Chief" Childers

Service: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

General Orders No. 30, April 8, 1944
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R.I.P. my Bros from the 1st MAR DIV, 3rd MAR DIV, 25th I.D., 10th MTN DIV, V Corps, 170th IBCT who gave their lives in the Cold War, Marines we lost in Korea during Team Spirit '89 & Okinawa '89- bodies never recovered, Panama, 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq...



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