Cherokee Nation honors veterans in September

September 13, 2017

( L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Mary Baker Shaw, U.S. Navy veteran Raymond Cheatham Jr., Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilors Buel Anglen, Wanda Hatfield and Harley Buzzard.( L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Mary Baker Shaw, U.S. Navy veteran Raymond Cheatham Jr., Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilors Buel Anglen, Wanda Hatfield and Harley Buzzard.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation honored three U.S. Navy veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the September Tribal Council meeting on Monday.

Raymon Cheatham Jr.,68, of Broken Arrow; Jamey Lamb, 43, of Coweta; and J.B. Satterfield Jr., 63, of Muskogee, were recognized by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

Seaman Cheatham was born October 9, 1948, and volunteered for the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1967. Cheatham completed basic training in San Diego before boarding the USS Alvin C. Cockrell at the Alameda Naval Base. In 1969, he began active duty training as a seaman first class and later volunteered to serve in Vietnam. Cheatham was selected for security police training at Naval Amphibious Base in California and the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. Cheatham was deployed to Camp Tien Sha in Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1969, where he was assigned to the Tien Sha Peninsula division of security police. Cheatham received several medals for his service in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in October of 1973.

“I am so moved by the great recognition that is given to the veterans,” said Cheatham. “There are a lot of men and women that never made it home, and I am very mindful of that. I want to say thank you for including me in your memorial.”

Sgt. Satterfield was born December 21, 1953, and enlisted in the Navy in 1972. Satterfield completed basic training in San Diego before he boarded the USS Tolovana, an old World War II refueling ship, headed for Korea. In 1975, he was stationed at the Naval Facility at Chinhae, Korea, where he served as a radio man. During his service, Satterfield was awarded several medals, including the Korean Service Medal. Satterfield met his wife, Myong, in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in June of 1980.

Sgt. Lamb was born December 3, 1973, and enlisted in the Navy in 1992, right after high school. Lamb attended boot camp and advanced training at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the G-3 weapons division. During his service, Lamb and his company were charged with enforcing no fly zones during Operation Deny Flight in Bosnia and Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and its crew received several commendations for their service. Lamb was honorably discharged in June of 1994.

Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.