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William Alchesay

  • Birth 17 May 1853 Whiteriver, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 6 Aug 1928 Whiteriver, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Whiteriver, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
  • Memorial ID 6404098

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".

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  • Originally Created by: Russ
  • Added: 9 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6404098
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Alchesay (17 May 1853–6 Aug 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6404098, citing Fort Apache Indian Reservation Cemetery, Whiteriver, Navajo County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .