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This is a list of Native Americans presented the nation's highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is bestowed "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force." The medal is presented by the President of the United States on behalf of the Congress.

Of the 3,469 Medals of Honor presented as of 2012 only 28 have been given to Native Americans.

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal it is commonly presented after the recipient was killed (posthumously).

List of recipients

     This along with   indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

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Elsatsoosu
Pompei Factor- medal of honor 1875
Pompey Factor
Pappy Boyington
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
Mitchell Red Cloud
Mitchell Red Cloud
Tony K. Burris
Tony Burris
MSgt Woodrow Wilson Keeble
Woodrow Keeble
Name Tribe/Nation Service Rank Conflict Place of action Date of action Notes
Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish Pawnee Army Sergeant Indian Wars Republican River, Kansas 01869-07-08 July 8 1869 "Ran out from the command in pursuit of a dismounted Indian; was shot down and badly wounded by a bullet from his own command"
Chiquito White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1871–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Jim White Mountain Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars
Winter of 1871–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Machol Apache Army Private Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Nannasaddie White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Nantaje White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Alchesay, WilliamWilliam Alchesay White Mountain Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Blanquet Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Elsatsoosu Apache Army Corporal Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Kelsay White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Kosoha White Mountain Apache Army Scout Indian Wars Arizona Territory Winter of 1872–1873 For his "conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches"
Paine, AdamAdam Paine Black Seminole Army Private Indian Wars Canyon Blanco tributary of the Red River, Texas 01874-09-26 September 26 1874 – 01874-09-27 September 27 1874 "Rendered invaluable service to Col. R. S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry, during this engagement"
Factor, PompeyPompey Factor Black Seminole Army Private Indian Wars Pecos River, Texas 01875-04-25 April 25 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
Payne, IsaacIsaac Payne Black Seminole Army Trumpeter Indian Wars Pecos River, Texas 01875-04-25 April 25 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
Ward, JohnJohn Ward Black Seminole Army Sergeant Indian Wars Pecos River, Texas 01875-04-25 April 25 1875 With three others, charged a numerically superior force
Rowdy Apache Army Sergeant Indian Wars Arizona Territory 01890-03-07 March 7 1890
Boyington, PappyPappy Boyington Marine Corps Major World War II Central Solomons area, Pacific Ocean 01943-09-12 September 12 1943 – 01944-01-03 January 3 1944 Led his squadron in a series of missions against superior numbers
Childers, ErnestErnest Childers Muscogee Army Second Lieutenant World War II Oliveto, Italy 01943-09-22 September 22 1943 Although injured, killed two snipers and attacked two machine gun nests
Montgomery, Jack C.Jack C. Montgomery Cherokee Army First Lieutenant World War II near Padiglione, Italy 01944-02-22 February 22 1944 Single-handedly attacked two German positions and took dozens of prisoners
Barfoot, Van T.Van T. Barfoot Choctaw Army Technical Sergeant World War II near Carano, Italy 01944-05-23 May 23 1944 Single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests, took prisoners, and disabled a tank
Harmon, Roy W.Roy W. Harmon  Army Sergeant World War II near Casaglia, Italy 01944-07-12 July 12 1944 Single-handedly attacked three German positions although wounded
Evans, Ernest E.Ernest E. Evans  Cherokee/Muscogee Navy Commander World War II off Samar, Philippines 01944-10-25 October 25 1944 Although wounded, continued to command his crippled ship until its sinking
Reese, Jr., John N.John N. Reese, Jr.  Army Private First Class World War II Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippines 01945-02-09 February 9 1945 With another soldier, attacked a Japanese-held railroad station
Red Cloud, Jr., MitchellMitchell Red Cloud, Jr.  Ho-Chunk Army Corporal Korean War near Chonghyon, Korea 01950-11-05 November 5 1950 Maintained an exposed position, continued to fight after being wounded
Harvey, RaymondRaymond Harvey Chickasaw Army Captain Korean War near Taemi-Dong, Korea 01951-03-09 March 9 1951 Led his men against a series of emplacements, continued to lead after being wounded
Burris, Tony K.Tony K. Burris  Choctaw Army Sergeant First Class Korean War near Mundung-ni, Korea 01951-10-08 October 8 1951 – 01951-10-09 October 9 1951 Single-handedly attacked two positions although wounded, killed while attacking a third
Keeble, Woodrow W.Woodrow W. Keeble  Sioux Army Master Sergeant Korean War near Sangsan-ni, Korea 01951-10-20 October 20 1951 Single-handedly attacked three machine gun nests
George, CharlesCharles George  Cherokee Army Private First Class Korean War near Songnae-dong, Korea 01952-11-30 November 30 1952 Smothered the blast of a grenade with his body

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