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Ft. Meade National Cemetery Stories

Abram B. Brant

Abram B. Brant On June 25, 1876 there stood a young man who was 5’5 7/8” with hazel eyes, light hair, and a fair complexion holding onto a bucket full of water near the Little Bighorn River in Montana.  Bullets were buzzing around him as he bravely navigated his way to the injured so they could obtain the care they so desperately needed. Private Abram B. Brant was just one of fourteen soldiers who received…

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Jun

Ft. Meade National Cemetery Stories

Albert Knaak

Albert Knaak There is not much known about the only Medal of Honor recipient buried at Fort Meade National Cemetery. Albert Knaak was born overseas in Luxembourg, Switzerland, in the year 1842.  Why he decided to immigrate to the United States is unknown, although there is speculation that he, like many other Europeans, left his home country to escape the social and political problems which were out of his control.  Once in the States, Knaak…

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Jun

Ft. Meade National Cemetery Stories

Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Meade

Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Meade Stories of the heroic acts of soldiers permeate the centuries, from the last stand of the three hundred Spartan warriors against one hundred thousand Persians, to modern soldiers carrying their wounded comrades under heavy fire with no regard to their own safety. But what about the stories that slipped through the cracks? Where are the stories about the soldiers who were once slaves and servants? There are so many stories…

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Jun

Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Charles L. Russell

Charles L. Russell There are 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients and eight of them are interred in the state of South Dakota. One of these recipients was Charles L. Russell. In 1844, Charles L. Russell was born in Malone, New York. He was 6 feet tall, had a light complexion and blue eyes. Prior to the Civil War he was a brick maker in Newburgh, New York, before enlisting in the United States Army. He…

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Jun

Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery Stories

Charles Long Soldier

Charles Long Soldier It seemed that Charles Long Soldier was born to serve. Born November 19, 1949 to Francis and Evelyn (Janis) Long Soldier in Pine Ridge, he graduated 8th grade from Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD. He then began his life of service, beginning with his service to his country. He enlisted in the US Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1968 when he was 19 years old. During his one year and…