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John Henry Mashunkashey to be honored at state Capitol on May 4

Osage Veteran, John Henry Mashunkashey, was selected Veteran of the Week by the Oklahoma State Legisture and will be honored at the state Capitol on May 4.

He joined the Marines right out of high school, enlisting in 1965. He served until 1969 until he was honorably discharged as a Corporal E4. He was wounded on May 28, 1968 in the Battle of Khe Sanh where he served in the First I Corps. He was shot twice and survived a napalm explosion where he suffered severe burns, injuries and brain trauma. He spent a year-and-a-half in an Illinois military hospital and went through extensive physical therapy to use his legs to walk.

Of the experience he said, “Hey, I’m alive and that’s all that counts.”

Very passionate about the wellbeing of Osage veterans and their recognition, he has been instrumental to the Harold Bigheart Smalley American Legion Post 198, has helped with the Grayhorse War Mothers, Hominy War Mothers and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit of the American Legion Post 198.

He has served three years as the Commandant of the Department of Oklahoma Marine Corps League and he is also the Detachment Commandant for the Osage Detachment 669. He is a past American Legion Post 198 commander and proudly served in the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War as a Marine Rifleman.

The Department of Oklahoma Marine Corps League of the southern division, which encompasses Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, has also selected him as the 2015 Marine of the Year.



Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2015-04-22 00:00:00

Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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