About Joseph
He had over 100+ press releases nationwide extolling his war heroics.

Joseph Oklahombi was a Choctaw Indian from the Wright City area in southeastern Oklahoma. He walked 26 miles to volunteer for the United States Army. He left behind his young wife and baby son.

On the morning of October 8th, 1918, the American Army’s objective was to advance on the enemy in the woods of Somme, France. Company C, under 2nd Lt. Charles Ford, left the trenches at 5:15am.  The unit had no grenades, Joseph carved one out of a potato and went over the top earlier than his company—he has stated that he was the scout for the unit in newspaper interviews. As Joseph did, he gave the cry of a panther—his sacred protective cry.  The Germans had No Man’s Land wired—this startled them and Joseph was able to run to the first German machine gun nest and take control of it until the rest of the men in his unit arrived. (Gideon Ashe, reports that a WWI German told him of the cry resounding through the trenches.) The Germans had been well entrenched with 50 or more light and heavy machine guns, light trench mortars, and infantry. The men then turned the enemy’s own guns on them and held 171 Germans prisoner for four days under constant barrage of high explosives and gas shells.

  • He had over 100+ press releases nationwide extolling his war heroics.
  • June 19,1919—Oklahoman compares him to Alvin York
  • April 21,1957—Oklahoman states most outstanding Indian record in WWI without the publicity of Alvin York.
  • 20-30% of Native American population served vs. 15% whites
  • So numerous were Indian heroism, the Army called for a series of psychological tests on Indian soldiers.
  • We have offical documentation from Dept. of the Interior, US Committee on Indian Affairs, etc. about Oklahombi.
  • If Oklahombi’s unit had not lost leadership—the citation documentation would have been more detailed.
Joseph Spoke No English
He walked 26 miles to volunteer for the United States Army. He left behind his young wife and baby son.
No Grenades Used A Potato
The unit had no grenades, Joseph carved one out of a potato and went over the top earlier than his company.
Joseph's War Cry Of A Panther
This startled the Germans and Joseph was able to run to the first German machine gun nest and take control of it until the rest of the men in his unit arrived.
Held 171 German Prisoners
The men then turned the enemy’s own guns on them and held 171 Germans prisoner for four days under constant barrage of high explosives and gas shells.