Bush urged to award medal to Dakota veteran

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) wants President Bush to award a Medal of Honor to the late Woodrow W. Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

Keeble can receive the medal under a special act of Congress. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved the recommendation so Bush is the final step in the process, Johnson said.

Keeble served in World War II and the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross but never the Medal of Honor, the military's highest honor.

Supporters say Keeble's actions in Korea, where he single-handedly attacked enemy soldiers and saved the lives of fellow soldiers despite suffering several injuries, deserve the Medal of Honor.

Get the Story:
Johnson urges Bush to give medal to Indian (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 8/16)

Appropriations Act:
H.R.2206 | Summary | Detailed Summary | President's Statement on Congressional Passage of the War Supplemental

Relevant Links:
National Native American Veterans Association - http://www.nnava.org

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