The honor guard stand straight and tall, the flag waves in the breeze
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, welcome you from the mountains cross the sea
The Chariot rolls to a stop, the engines cease their roar
The honor ramp starts slowly down, then stops, upon the corridor

Our nations colors cover you, as you're brought down side by side
Across the deck the march is smooth, in perfect step and stride
A single voice is all that's heard, no "Taps" or rifle sound
Repatriation needs no words, the silence is profound

Just God and all his angels know if your mortal threads are there
Your memory "Not Forgotten", etched upon this brothers stare
As I lay my hand upon your flag draped vessel, I feel your spirits soar
Sky bound in the wind, you fly, released at last from countless days of war

Again you smell the sweetness, of your homeland, proud and vast
Your cradled in your loved ones hearts, vivid memories of the past
The journey's been a long one; you've served your country well
We've set aside a special place for you, far from the place you fell
You'll rest among our heroes, who paid the highest price
Honored there, on hallowed ground, God bless your sacrifice.

By Bob Reynolds on the occasion of Repatriation of Gale Robert Siow
 and the crew of VO-67 Crew 2 on July 10, 2001


The great Father above is a Shepherd Chief.  I am His and with Him I want not. 
He throws out to me a rope, and the name of the rope is Love and He draws me
to where the grass is green and the water not dangerous, and I eat and lie
down and am satisfied.

Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down but He lifts me up again and
draws me into a good road.  His name is Wonderful.  Sometimes, it may be very
soon, it may be long, long time.  He will draw me into a valley.  It is dark
there but I will draw back not.  I'll be not afraid, for it is in between
those mountains that the Shepherd Chief will meet me and the hunger that I
have in my heart all through this life will be satisfied.

Sometimes He makes the love rope into a whip but afterwards He gives me a
staff to lean upon.  He spreads a table before me with all kinds of food.  He
puts his hand upon my head and all the "tired" is gone.  My cup He fills till
it runs over.  What I tell is true.  I lie not.  These roads that are "away
ahead" will stay with me through this life, and after; and afterwards I will
go to live in the Big Teepee and sit down with the Shepherd Chief forever.

Please pray for our leaders and those who have died and those who have been
injured and the families of the dead.


Those Who Died


Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients

Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts



Pvt. Adam Paine, September 20, 1874

Pvt. Pompey Factor, April 25, 1875

Pvt. Isaac Payne, April 25, 1875


Sgt. John Ward, April 25, 1875



World War II

Order of the Purple Heart Recipient

Chief of the Seminole Nation

MSgt. Edwin Tanyan


Korean Conflict

Bronze Star Recipient

Chief of the Seminole Nation

MSgt. Edwin Tanyan


Indian Police Academy/Federal Law Enforcement Training

The Indian Law Enforcement Officers Memorial


Thomas Cloud


Seminole Agency


Seminole Light Horse Police

Billy Cully


World War II

The Order of the Purple Heart was awarded to the following Seminoles:

J. D. Walker

Miller Yahola
Johnson Davis
Amos Davis

"Since WWI, Native Americans have served in the United States Armed Forces. During the Viet Nam War, close to 90% of the 86,000 Native Americans who enlisted volunteered, giving Native Americans the highest record of service per capita of any ethnic group. Over half served in combat." Tom Holm

  Two...are still there


Elliot Crook

SP5 U.S. Army  CO A 101 AVN BN 101 ABN DIV 
12 JUN 48   17 May 72 Phoenix, AZ 1W L26
South Vietnam-Thua Thien Province

Dennis Wayne Hammond

SSGT U.S. Marines CAP 101 CACE CAG 2 111 MAF
26 APR 46   08 FEB 68 Detroit, MI  38E L29
South Vietnam-Quang Nam Province

Gale Roberts Siow

ATN3 U.S. Navy
8 DEC 40   11 JAN 68 Huntington Park, CA 34E L31
Laos-LZ Province
Gale Roberts Siow is listed as Missing In Action

Update-July 10, 2001

Repatriation of VO-67 Crew-2
KIA 11 JAN 1968
Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii



"For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know"


Forbis Pipkin Durant, Jr.

LCpl E3 U.S. Marines

17-May-45 10-Mar-68 Atoka, OK  44E L6

South Vietnam-Quang Nam Province


  "This Award is issued to this site by the Advisory Board of the POW/MIA
Freedom Fighters Organization, for it's early and steadfast commitment to
our missing Warriors  "


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