Topeka State Journal Tuesday 28 November, 1972:
Albert Wahweotten, 58, Topeka, was dead on arrival at a Topeka hospital Monday afternoon after he was stricken at the Topeka Goodyear Plant where he was employed. He apparently had a heart attack. He had worked at the Goodyear Plant about 28 years.
He was born Nov. 26, 1914 near Mayetta and spent most of his life in the Mayetta community. He lived in Topeka the last 5 years. He served with the Army in Germany during World War II and had received the Silver Star and other commendations. He was a member of Post No. 2187 of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Topeka.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Linda Cadue, at home; 2 sons, Vernon Wahweotten, rural Mayetta, and Warren Wahweotten, Wahpeton, ND; 2 brothers, Ellsworth Wahweotten, Kansas City, Kan. and Garnett Wahweotten, Topeka; and 11 grandchildren.
Services will be at the Anna Nozhackum home west of Mayetta with burial in Ship Shee Cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home at Holton is in charge of arrangements.
WWII from "Indians In The War" by United States. Bureau of Indian affairs:
A Potawatomi Leads the Way
Pfc. Albert Wahweotten, Potawatomi from Kansas, received the Silver Star from his commanding general last February in Germany. According to the citation, Pfc. Wahweotten, armed with an M-1 rifle and bazooka, worked his way 200 yards beyond the front lines to a house occupied by the enemy. In spite of heavy fire, he crawled to within ten yards of the house, which he set on fire with the bazooka. Then he went into the burning building and captured twelve Germans, eliminating the last enemy resistance in the town.
Pfc. Albert I. Wahweotten, husband of Isabelle Wahweotten of Mayetta, has been awarded the Silver Star medal for gallantry in action in Germany last February. The award was presented by his divisional commander Major General Walter M. Robertson of the 2nd Infantry Division.
According to the official citation, Pfc. Wahweotten, a bazooka man in Company I, 38th Infantry, of his volition, worked his way 200 yards beyond friendly lines on a reconnaissance. Armed with a M-1 and bazooka, he worked his way to a house and was encountered by heavy machine gun and small arms fire. Crawling to a position 10 yards from the house, Pfc. Wahweotten fired his bazooka and set the house on fire.
Then he entered the burning building and single-handedly engaged and captured 12 Germans. As a result of this action, the last remaining enemy resistance in the town was eliminated. The gallantry, initiative and disregard for personal safely displayed by this enlisted man reflects highest honors upon himself and the United States Army.
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