Joseph Medicine Crow
Prior to WWII, Joseph Medicine Crow (Crow Nation) – the first of his tribe to receive a Masters Degree, was working toward an advanced degree in Anthropology before joining the Army and being sent to Europe as a scout in the 103rd Infantry Division. Wearing war paint beneath his uniform and a sacred eagle feather beneath his helmet during battle, he fulfilled the four tasks required by his Crow Nation to gain his warrior chief status; He touched an enemy in battle, captured an enemy weapon, led a war party, and stole a horse. He actually stole fifty SS horses from a German Officers Camp. Awarded the Bronze Star by the US Army, the Government of France also made him a Knight of the French Legion of Honor—France’s highest honor. In August 2009 at 95 years of age, Medicine Crow was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award, by President Barack Obama.
11x14 Limited Edition Gicleé on canvas
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