A Soldier's Story: Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble

Born on May 16, 1917, in Waubay, South Dakota, Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Native American tribe, was an avid baseball player who was being scouted by the Chicago White Socks.

He was also a member of the North Dakota National Guard's 164th Infantry regiment. He was deployed twice into combat, once during World War II, participating in the Battle of Guadalcanal, and once during the Korean War, where he earned a Congressional Medal of Honor during the fight for Hill 675-770.  The injuries he sustained in that fight retired him from combat.

In both cases, his throwing arm was used well, and Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble was well-known for his grenade use.

He taught at the Wahpeton Indian School between his combat deployments and after his military retirement.

Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble died on January 28, 1982, after a long struggle with tuberculosis.


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