Sergeant I-See-O (aka Tah-Bone-Mah)
Other Service · US Army · Sergeant
… Never to be retired on account of age, never to be reduced in rank, and for all the remaining years of his life to hold the rating of senior duty sergeant, United States Army. As the last of the famous Kiowa Troop L scout detachment, I-See-O (1849-1927) was one of the greatest Indian peacemakers in early Oklahoma history. I-See-O, or as he was more properly known in the military establishment, Sergeant I-See-O, held a unique position in the American army. No one is afforded the privilege that was I-See-O’s. As long as he lived, he was a sergeant in the army on the active list, with all the pay and allowances of a non-commissioned officer of that rank. I-See-O was thus the oldest soldier on an active status in the Army of the United States.
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