Joe Medicine Crow

Joe Medicine Crow –
The last Crow War Chief, and
the winner of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom
The Bronze Star Medal, and the
French Légion d’honneur

The other day, the internet was out for almost twelve hours. I have ‘bundled’ service for my phone, television, and computer so nothing of importance was working. I would prefer a sharp stick in the eye to being without my computer – my window on the world, my contact with friends far and wide, my shopping aid, my distraction from relentless, hammering news about ‘you-know-what’. What’s a woman to do? I toddled over to the ‘little room’ (a spare bedroom) and grabbed a DVD. Well, it was actually a boxed set that cost me a handsome sum at purchase. It’s proven itself to be worth the investment.

The War is a six DVD set of the Ken Burns documentary about World War ll which aired on PBS (Public Broadcasting System – educational tv). I still have two more DVDs to view to finish it but the images and the personal stories can get to you after a while and I need a little bit of a break from it. But I watched DVD number four all the way through because it has one of my favorite personal stories in it. The interview with Joe Medicine Crow.

The elderly gentleman is a delight to watch and listen to. He must have been in his seventies at the time of his interview but his eyes were bright and sharp and his memories of the War clear and focused. The aged body held within it the twenty-something young man who went to war for his country.

Mr. Crow tells the story of being camped just outside German lines in France. He and his team watch a group of German soldiers riding horseback to a farmhouse in the woods. The team is going to take the Germans in the farmhouse but Mr. Crow has an idea. Shades of old western movies, Mr. Crow sneaks around the farmhouse and manages to stampede the horses away from the farm and then joins his group to take the Germans.

As he finishes his interview, he says he went back to his camp in the woods and sang songs of praise. (Ok; I get weepy – sue me!). At the prompting of the production staff, he sings his song of praise in Crow and the pride and the history of his people glows warmly in his face and sparkling eyes.

You can read about Joe Medicine Crow here

You can watch each episode (small rental fee) here

What stays with me is his final sentence, uttered in both humility and pride. He says, “I guess you’re looking at the last Plains War Chief”.

7 Responses to Joe Medicine Crow

  1. the unit says:

    Thanks for explaining the “little room”. Might have thought you’d gone into the closet.
    My little room is where I keep a box of strike on the box matches. 🙂
    Interesting to read native American folklore that’s not folklore.
    Always had an interest since watching Michael Ansara as Cochise, and he was of Lebanese descent. Mean it seriously, although he was most famous to me for being married to “I Dream of Jeannie”.

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    • audremyers says:

      LOL! I remember Michael Ansara as Cochise!!! We must be about the same age, lol.

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      • the unit says:

        We are pretty close I think. Let’s say I could be your older brother age wise. My dad was born 11 years before your dad (seems I remember you said March 1920, years older than your momma, family joke. 🙂 )

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        • audremyers says:

          Gosh!!! Well, there ain’t nothing wrong with your memory, that’s for sure! Holy smokes!!!

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        • the unit says:

          As my second friend, Ignatius, said a laugh time ago, “You can’t fool ole butterfly.” 🙂
          I forget his last name. It was back in ’47. I did have one before, Joe Wayne. We had moved so Iggy was my second.

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        • the unit says:

          Childhood friends and memories are cherished. Marlon Brando and Mr. Peepers. Neither Ignatius or I became too much famous as far as I know. Not even 15 minutes. 🙂

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