|Merry Helm to speak on efforts to get Medal of Honor for soldier|
As part of the English department speaker series, Merry Helm will present “The Man Called Chief: The Quest for the Medal of Honor for One of North Dakota's Most Decorated Soldiers,” Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.
The talk will discuss Keeble, a full blood Sisseston-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux, who served in the Korean war and saved his company by single-handedly assaulting a mountaintop position, destroying three machine gun nests and two trenches of enemy riflemen. He was twice recommended for the Medal of Honor for this action, but the recommendations were lost both times. A year after the battle, Keeble was finally given the Distinguished Service Cross, the Nation's second highest award. His men started an immediate quest to get the honor upgraded to a Medal of Honor. Now, 55 years later, significant progress is being made.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6391