Joseph Takes-The-Shield, was an Oglala Sioux Indian who was killed in action in France on 1 November 1918 during World War I. His remains were subsequently returned to the United States and were buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
INDIANS AT ARLINGTON
Mr. and Mrs. Take-the-Shield To See President Deck Their Son's Grave
WASHINGTON, May 29, 1924 – Joseph Take-The-Shield and his wife, Sioux Indians, have come to Washington for the purpose of attending the services on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, where President Coolidge will speak and place flowers on the grave of their son, who is buried there.
The son, whose name was also Joseph, was killed in action in France on November 1, 1918. He was a private in Company B, 314th Battalion, Military Police, at the time of his death. He entered the service with other members of his tribe. His body was broughtback from France in 1921and buriedat Arlington Cemetery on August 15, 1921.
The parents, who live on the Standing Rock Agency in South Dakota, called at the Bureau of Indian Affairs today and requested that they receive an American flag to take back with them as a memorial to their son.
- PVT CO B 314TH MIL POL 89TH DIV
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/01/1918
- BURIED AT: SECTION EUR SITE 2789
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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