By Elveda Martinez, Special to the MCIN
On May 21, chairman Carl Johnson and the Walker River Paiute Tribe honored the veterans of the community. The evening started with the presentation of the flags and an Indian flag song sung by Mike Hansen. Each veteran was gifted with a very nice embroidered jacket with their name.
This honor was long overdue to these men and women who scarified so much in their lives for our freedoms. A very special and heartfelt “thank you” goes to Casey Green and Starla Green from Warm Springs, Ore. for traveling to Schurz and bringing fresh salmon; singing honor songs; and gifting our veterans: one with a Pendleton blanket, one with a beaded knife saber and another with cigarettes. Casey also honored the veterans with a beautiful flute rendition of Taps and Amazing Grace. Other local people also offered songs of honor and each veteran present was personally thanked by all in attendance. The Tribe is very proud to have such a large contingent of vets living in Schurz or associated with the Tribe. The majority are members of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. They are as follows:
Samuel Johnson, Sergeant; Frank Summerfield, Specialist 4th Class; Jimmy Nez; LeRoy Hicks, Specialist 4th Class; Orin Carrera, Vietnam, Sergeant E5; Reynold Sammaripa, Sergeant Infantry E6; John Smith; Richard Carter Sr., Sergeant; Bret Charlie, Sergeant; John DeSoto, PFC; Dan Davis, Sr.; Johnny Williams, Jr., Sergeant E6; CJ Schulz, Airborne Scout; William Muldoon; Ralph Arthur; Alfred E. French, Specialist 4th Class; Thomas McKnight, Sr.; Rafael Bell, served 1963-1965; Quincy Johnson, PVT 2nd Class 82 Airbase; Shiloh Bender; Rick Whitefeather and Shandeigh Nez, Army National Guard
John Lockwood, Lance Corporal; Harold Miller, Corporal, Purple Heart; served from 1943-1950, Iwo Jima; Louis Nez; Terry Wasson, Corporal E4; Norma Lessard, Lance Corporal; Pancho Quintero, Buck Sergeant; Bob Sanchez, Sergeant; Lucio Hernandez, Sr., PFC; Mike Hansen; Kelvin Nez, Lance Corporal; Shawn Nez and Thomas McKnight, Jr.
Alvery Williams, E4; Jeffery Estep, Senior Chief Petty Officer; Everett Kinerson, Airman; Edward Sam OSC; Ed Twiss, E5; KaShaun Watson, AE 2; Olen McCloud; Richard Black and Joe Rogers, Submarine Repair Unit; served from 1942-1946
Victor Williams, Sr., Buck Sergeant; served from 1966-1970, Vietnam Feb. 1968 – Nov. 1969; 2 years Army Reserve and Jim Euler, Air Force Reserve from 1963-1966; AFROTC
Jack Orr; Harvey Glazier; George Ponton; Walt Campbell; Gene Bell; Mike Brown; Dave Severson; George Baker
Chairman Johnson would like to thank all of these veterans for their service as well as all of those that helped plan and set up for this event. A special thanks goes to the Ladies Auxiliary, fellow Tribal Council members, Tribal staff, cooks and everyone else who helped make this event a success. Many Aho’s to you and may you all be blessed.