Gentleman, Did any of you ever meet him? Best wishes Trish.
I met him and conversed with him on a number of occasions. He was a nice fellow. Very approachable and easy to talk to with a great sense of humor. You had to talk loud to converse with him as he was a bit hard of hearing.
Native American Joe Medicine Crow was considered to be the last war chief by the Crow Nation. Joe was the step-grandson of White Man Runs Him, one of Custer's Crow scouts. So Joe heard a lot of stories from tribal elders while growing up.
Joe served in the 103rd Infantry Division in WWII. He wore an eagle feather inside his helment and managed to fulfill the four Crow Nation tribal requirements to be considered a war chief during his WWII service. Joe touched an enemy without killing him (counted coup), took an enemy's weapon, and led a war party. You can see how these three things could be accomplished in WWII. But the fourth requirement was to enter an enemy camp at night steal a horse.
Joe actually managed to steal a stable full of horses on one night patrol that entered a German occupied town. He rode one while running off the rest. Of course the horses may or may not have belonged to the German Army but the Germans were occupying the town and had been seen riding the horses around. That satisfied the elders of the Crow Nation.
Other members of the Crow Nation have served in the armed forces but none have managed to complete the four traditional requirements to be considered a war chief.