Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II


Private, U. S. Army. Home address: Watonga, Blaine County. Mrs. Blanche R. Bitchenen, Wife, Watonga. Born July 7, 1908. Enlisted January 9, 1941. Credited by Lt. General Mark Clark, commander of the American Fifth Army in Italy, as the Oklahoma Indian who shouted, "Hi-yah, Christopher Columbus! We're here to return that little visit," when the American troops landed on the beach at Salerno, Italy. First Cheyenne-Arapaho tribesman lost in World War II. Died November 6, 1943, in action in Italy.

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