“My ancestors were warriors. Rain-in-the-Face who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn or Greasy Grass that they called it,” says Marcella LeBeau, a 101- year-old former Army nurse. “My father was a Spanish American war veteran. My brother, oldest brother was a veteran. All down the line.”
‘Hoping recognition of Native service will be nationwide’
LeBeau is a citizen of the Two Kettle Band, Cheyenne River Sioux. She recalls hearing a constant barrage of German “buzz bombs” during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, while she worked as a surgical nurse at the 25th General Hospital in Liege, Belgium, just miles from the front.
“To me it was a great honor,” she said — and one recognized by her tribe when she returned home to South Dakota. With the memorial, she’s hoping recognition of Native service will be nationwide.