With 17 combat awards, Barney Old Coyote, Crow, 87, of Belgrade is the most decorated Native American to fight in WWII.
Here’s his story from KXLF out of Butte, Mont.
Old Coyote comes from a long line of Crow warriors. Through his pain, his scars of battle, the values of his tribe survive.
“I’ll think of the military thing. I’ll lay out medals and stuff and see pictures. I’ll say that wasn’t for me, that was for my people,” he said. “I don’t think about it all the time, but every once in a while I’ll just say a word or two of thanks and that’s it.”