On Nov. 30, Fort Leonard Wood, hosted the annual National American Indian Heritage Month Luncheon. Two representatives from the Osage Nation spoke at the event, Raymond Red Corn and John Horsechief.
Red Corn, assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation, discussed its history of military service and its notable members, including Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, the namesake of Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Tinker served in the Pacific campaign of World War II and lost his life on a combat mission against Wake Island.
Horsechief, audio and visual technician, said the Osage Nation appreciates their veterans tremendously.
“We honor our veterans through the War Mothers of Pawhuska and Hominy, Post 198, veterans dances and songs composed for veterans,” he said.
“Being around the U.S. Army Soldiers gave me a greater appreciation of the warrior culture the Osage Nation has and made me proud of how we honor our own veterans and current active duty,” he added.