After 132 Years history is made again at Garryowen
Bestowing the French order 'Knight of the Legion of Honor' on Dr. Medicine Crow was French Consul General Pierre-Francois Mourier. The Knight of the Legion of Honor constitutes the highest of five levels of recognition in the Legion of Honor and places Medicine Crow alongside such past recipients as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur.
French Ambassador Pierre Vimont said of the award in
a letter to Medicine Crow, "...it is a sign of France's true and
unforgettable grattitude and appreciation for your personal, precious
contribution to the United States' decisive role in the liberation of
our country during World War II. The French People will never forget
your courage and your devotion to the great cause of freedom."
Medicine Crow was then awarded the Bronze Star by Lieutenant General (ret.) Paul E. Funk, a native of Roundup. The awards were presented in recognition of Medicine Crow's army service during the Second World War in the campaign for the liberation of France from the Nazis.
Photo by Jim Eshleman
and friends were in attendance along
with well-wishers and representatives from both countries. The US Army
provided a special fly-over of a massive CH47 Chinook helicopter.
Medicine Crow took the stand and recollected his war
service experiences. Of special mention was Dr. Crow's "French
connection"; his great grandfather was French-man Pierre Chienne.
Dr. Medicine Crow said, "This was a great day for Montana history.
I feel very honored to receive these two prestigious war medals."
The first of his tribe to achieve a Masters degree
and then a Doctorate, Medicine Crow has worked tirelessly to preserve
and promote Native American Crow traditions and culture. His noted grandfathers
are Chief Medicine Crow and General Custer's scout, White Man Runs Him.
Chris Kortlander, founding director of the Custer Battlefield
Museum, said “We know that these awards to be presented this day
are symbols, serving as marks of recognition from two grateful nations.
Symbols can have great power and will be sources of inspiration for
those that follow on. Perhaps then, Doctor Medicine Crow is himself