The Cherokee Nation honored two military veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the February Tribal Council meeting.
Gary D. Davis, 71, of Tahlequah; and Mary A. Gregory, 61, of Hulbert, were recognized by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.
Spc. Davis enlisted in the Army National Guard of Oklahoma in 1969. His unit was activated during natural disasters and the McAlester, Oklahoma riot in 1973. Davis’ unit received training for several months to quell riots. He received an honorable discharge in 1975.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve this great country. I thank Chief, Deputy Chief and the Tribal Council for putting on this program of support,” Davis said.
Airman Gregory enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1977 and was sent to San Antonio, Texas for basic training. After basic training, she was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi and served as an avionics navigations systems helper. While in Mississippi, Gregory received word that she was needed back home due to an emergency. She was sent to Keesler Air Force Base where Gregory received an honorable discharge in 1978.
Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
With more than 370,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.
To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.