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Choctaw code talkers, nine others will be inducted into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Military Indian Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm •  Published: August 12, 2012

A star student-athlete at Oklahoma City's Southeast High School and the Naval Academy who later was killed in Vietnam, and a frontier scout who received the Medal of Honor for bravery in an 1874 battle are among Oklahomans to be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in November.

The induction ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, 3501 Quail Creek Road.

Those selected for induction are:

• Capt. John Lee Prichard. Prichard was born in Oklahoma City in 1939. He died in Vietnam while leading his Marine Corps unit against an enemy force much larger than his unit. Prichard was a straight-A student at Southeast High School, excelling in football, basketball and track. He was accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played football on the Navy team that played in the 1961 Orange Bowl. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Prichard was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The football field at the Naval Academy is named Prichard Field in his memory.

• Frontiersman Amos Chapman. Chapman was born in 1847 in Michigan of white and American Indian parentage. He was a Cavalry scout for the U.S. Army at the outbreak of the Red River War in Texas in July 1874. A civilian scout and interpreter for the Army, he volunteered to scout and dispatch for Gen. Nelson Miles along the Washita River in Texas. On Sept. 12, 1874, he and another scout and four soldiers of the 6th U.S. Cavalry were attacked by 125 Indians near Gageby Creek. The Indians charged at them from all directions. Chapman and the others put up valiant resistance while protecting their wounded until they were recovered by a relief force. This battle became known as the Buffalo Wallow Fight. For gallantry during the battle, Chapman, his fellow scout and the four 6th Cavalry troopers were awarded the Medal of Honor on Nov. 4, 1974. Because Chapman and the other scout were civilians, their Medals of Honor were later revoked. In 1989, the medals of Chapman and the other scout were restored. Chapman died in 1925 and is buried in Brumfield Cemetery in Dewey County.

• Col. Charles B. DeBellevue. DeBellevue, a weapons system officer flying in the backseat of an F-4, and his pilots shot down six enemy fighters in Vietnam. He was the first nonpilot to become an Air Force Ace in the Vietnam War. DeBellevue was born in New Orleans, grew up in Louisiana and was commissioned through ROTC. He moved to Edmond after retiring from the Air Force. DeBellevue had 550 combat hours while flying 220 combat missions.

• Capt. Boyd L. Barclay. Barclay, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a 1963 Oklahoma State University graduate, was born April 16, 1940, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. In his first tour, he served as a fire support coordinator. Returning from Vietnam, he attended the U.S. Naval Aviation Training School. After flight training, he returned to Vietnam in 1967, where he served as a helicopter gunship pilot. On June 8, 1968, Barclay was co-pilot of a Huey assigned to a visual reconnaissance mission near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. His helicopter came under intense automatic weapons fire, killing the pilot and severing Barclay's left hand. Despite shock from loss of blood, Barclay, using the remaining portion of his left arm, took the flight control stick and landed the helicopter.

• Maj. Kenneth D. Bailey. Bailey received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his service during World War II. Born in Pawnee on Oct. 21, 1910, and later moving with his parents to Danville, Ill., Bailey spent three years with the 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois National Guard, before being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on July 1, 1935. In August 1942, Bailey's unit invaded the island of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands at the beginning of the Guadalcanal Campaign. In September 1942, the Japanese attacked Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Bailey led his men in an attack against the Japanese at the Matanikau River. Bailey's company was threatened on the right flank by the penetration of the enemy into a gap in the line. Bailey's unit repulsed the threat, his Medal of Honor citation reads. Bailey, despite a severe head wound, repeatedly led his troops in fierce hand-to-hand combat for 10 hours. He was killed during that battle on Sept. 26, 1942.

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