High Elk, Joe

Joe High Elk, Cheyenne River Sioux.  La Plant, South Dakota. Ward of the government. Enlisted June 21, 1916 in Rapid City, South Dakota.


In the Battle at Chateau Thierry July 14 1918 I was a gunner and took active part and also the battle at Argonne Forest in Sept. 1918 and also at St. Mihiel the latter part of Sept. I have seen some hard times and I could not tell the whole story here, but it is something I shall never forget, I am an Indian and never had any Experience in a war before, but I realize that I was doing my duty as a patriot and was fighting to save Democracy and do hope that in the future we Indian’s may Enjoy freedom which we Indian’s are always denied.