Cherokee Nation honors 4 veterans in November

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/18/2019 10:30 AM
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From left to right are Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Sgt. James Beavers, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan. Beavers was honored by the tribe with a Medal of Patriotism at the Nov. 12 Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY
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From left to right are Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Tribal Councilor Julia Coates, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Cpl. Jimmy Reese, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw. Reese was honored with a Medal of Patriotism at the Nov. 12 Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY
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From left to right are Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Jacob McGaugh, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan. McGaugh was honored with a Medal of Patriotism at the Nov. 12 Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY
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From left to right are Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Jason Walls, Tribal Councilor Joe Deere and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. Walls received a Medal of Patriotism at the Nov. 12 Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation honored four veterans each with a Medal of Patriotism at the Nov. 12 Tribal Council meeting.

Jimmy Reese, 69, of Tulsa; James Beavers, 68, of Watts; Jason Walls, 39, of Owasso; and Jacob McGaugh, 26, of Proctor, were recognized by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

“My term of service was a good term,” Walls said. “What I’d really like to say is that the Cherokee Nation and citizens of Oklahoma, you have been really good towards us veterans, and I want to thank you for your support. It means a lot, and it definitely makes coming home a lot easier.”

Walls was born in 1979 in Tulsa and entered the Army in 1997. He finished his training to become a signal support system specialist at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After one year and six months of active duty, he was honorably discharged in 1998. Mr. Walls returned to military service with the National Guard as an infantry scouts field artillery combat engineer. He served with the Company “C” 579 Engineer Battalion for eight years.

Reese was born in 1948 in Gore and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969. He was sent to Camp Pendleton, California, and then to Vietnam. Reese arrived at Chu-Lia, Vietnam, stationed with the Mag 13 Unit, where his duties were refueling all aircrafts. There were times when he and his crew members were sent to different air strips and refueled fuel blathers. After returning stateside to 29 Palms, California, he was honorably discharged as an E-4 corporal.

Beavers was born in 1949 in Westville and joined the Army in 1968. After training, he became a radio communications technician. He was then transferred to An Kah Central Highlands in Vietnam, where he was involved in pulling maintenance and loading aircrafts. His next assignment was to Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, where his company helped defend a mobile command communication site. After a year of his tour in Vietnam, Beavers returned stateside to Fort Sam in Houston, Texas. He was honorably discharged as an E-5 sergeant.

McGaugh was born in 1993 in Tahlequah and entered the Army in 2011. He was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, and on to Brum Holder, Germany, with the 3rd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, until his unit disbanded after 11 months. He was sent back to the states to Fort Hood, Texas. McGaugh spent the rest of his military duty in Texas and Louisiana, where he became a gunner for an M2A3 Bradley. He was also a team leader for his tank section, before being honorably discharged as an E-4 specialist.

Each month, the CN recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which veterans are held by the tribe. To nominate a veteran who is a CN citizen, call 918-772-4166.

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