Posted by Sonja Keohane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> : So if this was a ceremony, I imagine the Army color guard was there with their flag complete with the battle streamer "honoring" the massacre of the women and children at Wounded Knee. Want to read about this "battle streamer"..<http://www.dickshovel.com/smith.html> I do not want to take away from the honor that this man received today, it just a shame that the Army can't figure out that it is time to rescind the Medals of (dis)honor given to those who participated in the massacre at WK. <http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/a/AP-Code-Talkers.html> November 30, 1999 World War II Code Talker Honored Filed at 12:29 p.m. EDT By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army today presented a special award to the last surviving member of an elite World War II group that used their native language as an unbreakable code to relay sensitive U.S. military messages during the crucial weeks following the D-Day landings in Europe. Charles Chibitty of the Comanche Code Talkers received the Knowlton Award in a ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. The award, established in 1995 by the Military Intelligence Corps Association, recognizes individuals for outstanding intelligence work. It was named for Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton, who served in the Revolutionary War. Chibitty was one of 17 Comanche Indians recruited to serve in the Army Signals Corps because of their unique language. Like the larger group of Navajo Indians who performed a similar service as Marines in the Pacific theater during World War II, the Comanches were dubbed ``code talkers.'' The Comanches coded messages from the battlefields in Europe back to division headquarters, where another of their group decoded the messages, thereby avoiding the common problem of enemy decoding. They used the phrase ``crazy white man'' -- posah-tai-vo in Comanche -- to refer to Adolf Hitler. Because they had a native word for airplane but not bomber, they used the Comanche phrase for ``pregnant airplane.'' Chibitty, 78, was born near Medicine Park, Okla. He enlisted in the Army in January 1941 and achieved the rank of corporal. He earned the World War II Victory Medal, the European Theater of Operations (5th Bronze Star) Victory Medal, the Europe African Middle East Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.