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Medals of Honor for soldiers who perpetrated Wounded Knee massacre may be rescinded
By Davis Winkie, Military Times   
July 20, 2022 1:30pm
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Lawmakers took a step last week towards taking back the nation’s highest award for valor from Army troops who perpetrated one of the most infamous Native American massacres in U.S. history.

The legislation to revoke the medals passed the House of Representatives as an amendment to the fiscal 2023 defense policy bill. Similar attempts have made it this far before, however, only to be stymied during compromises between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Some 20 soldiers received the Medal of Honor following the Dec. 29, 1890, massacre near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, where troops from the 7th Cavalry and accompanying artillery units killed hundreds of Lakota men, women and children.

The U.S. troops had nearly completed confiscating weapons from a Lakota encampment when a struggle with a reportedly deaf man sparked a chaotic one-sided firefight.

When the smoke cleared, dozens of cavalry troopers were wounded or killed by friendly fire — likely from their artillery — and hundreds of Lakota were dead. ...
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I am so sick of this revisonist shit. 

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« Last Edit: July 20, 2022, 09:03:56 pm by catfish1957 »
I display the Confederate Battle Flag in honor of my great great great grandfathers who spilled blood at Wilson's Creek and Shiloh.  5 others served in the WBTS with honor too.

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This article from 1994 critiques the awarding of medals - how many, and for what.
https://web.archive.org/web/20170629102546/http://nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/NH1994MedalsWKnee.pdf

Wow, didn't read the whole article, but I might need to reconsider my last comment.  Handing out 30 from basically one unit?  That's fishy.
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Wow, didn't read the whole article, but I might need to reconsider my last comment.  Handing out 30 from basically one unit?  That's fishy.

@catfish1957

I remember reading about a drummer boy in the Union Army during the War of Northern Aggression that was given a Medal of Honor to get him to re-enlist.

Granted,very few people understand that despite not being armed,drummer boys were VERY important targets during this war because both sides tended to march out towards each other in straight lines while firing and being fired at,and it was the drummer boys and their beat that kept everybody in step and in time. Took a LOT of stones for a young boy to do that.
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I may be wrong,but I doubt any of them care.
Let's hope their descendants don't sue.
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mountaineer:
"Let's hope their descendants don't sue."

Will the govt. tell the descendants that they have to surrender the Medals they still may have?