HONORED VETERANS - "THE FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS"
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
THOMAS BLACKSTAR SR.
Thomas Blackstar Sr was born on 18 September 1925 and passed away on 21 January 2016 at age 90 years. His final resting place is the Deyo Indian Mission Cemetery west of Lawton, OK. He served, with Honor, in the Air Force from 2 July 1948 to 30 December 1949 (1 year, 5 months and 29 days) earning the rank of Private First Class. After completing his Basic and Occupation Training, as a Clerk-Typist, at Lackland Air Force Base, TX he served the remainder of his military service at Langley Air Force Base, VA assigned to the 1001st Inspector General Unit.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
Technician 4 Fernel Mihecoby was born on 8 July 1924 and passed away on 21 June 1954 at age 29 years. His final resting place is the Little Washita KCA Cemetery east of Fletcher, OK. He served in the Army, with Honor, during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations with the Medical Detachment, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division as a Combat Medic. He is one of only seven Comanches awarded the Combat Medical Badge. Other awards include the Bronze Star with/Oak Leaf Cluster; the Purple Heart; American Campaign; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign; and World War II Victory Medals; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.
HENRY "HANK" PRATT TOMAHSAH
Henry “Hank” Pratt Tomahsah was born on 15 May 1925 and passed away on 5 January 2007 at age 81 years. His final resting place is the Cache Creek Intertribal Cemetery west of Apache, OK. He was drafted into the Army and served, with Honor, from 6 August 1943 to 13 August 1945 (2 years and 7 days) earning the rank of Private First Class. Prior to service in the European Theater of Operations, during World War II, he trained at Camp Gordon Johnson, FL, Camp Jackson, SC and Camp Kilmer, NJ. On 18 January 1944 he departed from the Port of New York and arrived near Plymouth, England 11 days later. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, PFC Tomahsah was part of the initial invasion force on Utah Beach in Normandy, France. He was a rifleman assigned to Company L, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. PFC Tomahsah was severely wounded by shrapnel in his lower leg by a T-88 artillery round and was eventually evacuated to Brooke Convalescent Hospital in San Antonio, TX where he was discharged. His awards include the Distinguished Unit Citation; Combat Infantryman Badge; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Good Conduct; American Campaign; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with/3 Battle Stars (for the Normandy, Northern France and Southern France Campaigns); and World War II Victory Medals; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.
Joseph “Joe” Rivas Plata was born on March 27, 1949 and passed away on Oct 18, 2018 at age 69 years. His final resting place is the Fort Sill National Cemetery. He served in the Army from 21 August 1967 to 26 March 1970 and from 21 September 1970 to 29 December 1972 earning the rank of Specialist 5; combat service in Vietnam, from 16 February 1969 until 25 March 1970, with HQs, 31st Engineer Battalion, 79th Engineer Group as a Water Purification Specialist and B Company, 229th Aviation Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) as a Door Gunner; decorated with the Air Medal with/Valor Device by distinguishing himself with heroism in action on 12 August 1969 while serving as a Door Gunner near Quan Loi, Republic of Vietnam; his citation reads in part “For heroism while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon receiving a call from a helicopter downed by enemy fire, Specialist Four Plata volunteered to undertake the hazardous rescue mission. Arriving at the site, he exposed himself to hostile fire while he placed suppressive fire on the enemy, allowing the wounded personnel to get safely to medical facilities”; also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on 23 February 1969; completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Polk, LA and Advanced Individual Training, as a Combat Engineer, at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; also served overseas at Darmstadt and Wertheim Germany; other awards include the Army Commendation, Good Conduct; National Defense Service; Vietnam Service with/4 Battle Stars (for the Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969 and Winter-Spring 1970 campaigns); Vietnam Campaign with/1960 Device; and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with/Palm Medals; the Army Aircrew, Door Gunner and Sharpshooter Qualification with/Rifle Bar Badges; and 2 Overseas (Combat) Bars; one of only twenty-eight Comanche veterans to earn the honorary title of Numu Pukutsi; great-great grandson of Comanche Warrior and Leader, Tabananika (Sound of the Sunrise) and the nephew of PFC Johnnie Rivas, the first Comanche killed in action.
JOSEPH "JOE" RIVAS PLATA
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019