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 Raymond Hatfield “Arizona Bill” Gardner

Raymond Hatfield “Arizona Bill” Gardner

Birth
Louisiana, USA
Death 28 Jan 1940 (aged 94)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section AC Site 287-B
Memorial ID 683899 · View Source
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Raymond Hatfield Gardner, better known as "Arizona Bill", was perhaps the last noted Indian scout of the American West. He was captured by Comanche Indians while on a wagon train crossing Texas, and he was traded to the Sioux. He escaped, and became a government scout at age 17.

Throughout his perpatic life, he was a Civil War veteran, cavalryman, courier, Pony Express rider, Indian fighter, government scout, deputy U. S. Marshal, Arizona Ranger, prospecter, mule trader, and Wild West performer.

Then, in his later years, he retired to Fort Sam, where he chose to sleep in the stable near his beloved burro, Tipperary.

He had his own radio program in the 1930s, and wrote a book called, "The Old Wild Wild West: Adventures of Arizona Bill".

He was buried in a pauper's grave, but his military records were found by Sgt. Master George Miller, and he was buried on Veterans' Day in 1976 with full military honors.

Gardner Circle is named for him in his honor.

Bio by: Corey Gardner


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 683899
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Hatfield “Arizona Bill” Gardner (5 Jul 1845–28 Jan 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 683899, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .