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William Alchesay
Birth: May 17, 1853
Navajo County
Arizona, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1928
Navajo County
Arizona, USA

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A Sierra Blanc Apache Indian, he served in the Wars with the Plains Indians as a Sergeant in Company A, United States Army Indian Scouts. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the winter of 1872-1873, where he participated in the Campaigns in the Tonto Basin, Arizona. His citation reads simply "Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches". His Medal was awarded to him on April 12, 1875. He was one of 14 Native Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor during various services during the Indian Wars, 10 (including Alchesay) having been personally recommended for the award by General George C. Crook. He became a respected Chief of the White Mountain Apache Indians, and participated in the 1886 Campaign that ultimately ended in the capture of Geronimo. He spent much of his life being a counselor to Indian Agents, and had met with President Grover Cleveland to discuss Indian issues. General Crook's aide, Captain John G. Bourke (himself a Medal of Honor recipient), described Chief Alchesay as "a perfect Adonis in figure, a mass of muscle and sinew of wonderful courage, great sagacity, and as faithful as an Irish hound". (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Family links: 
  Jennie Alchesay Kahn (1886 - 1935)*
  Willie Alchesay (1889 - 1946)*
  Martin Alchesay (1897 - 1933)*
  Lucy Alchesay Skidmore (1900 - 1961)*
  Frances Alchesay Martin (1901 - 1954)*
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Fort Apache Indian Reservation
Navajo County
Arizona, USA
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: May 09, 2002
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God bless you throughout Spring, the Season in which Life is eternally renewed. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Apr. 17, 2017
God bless you, Brother. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Feb. 10, 2017
God bless you and Thank You for your service to our great Nation. Rest in Peace.
- LTC B, USAR (ret)
 Added: Jan. 18, 2017
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