Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph Oklahombi

JosephOklahombiHis name literally meant “man-killer” or “people-killer” in Choctaw – and even today he is still considered the most heroic Oklahoman who served in World War I.  As one web site put it, Joseph Oklahombi was a “Choctaw, Doughboy, Code Talker and Mighty Warrior.”

Joseph Oklahombi, a full-blood Choctaw, was born on May 1, 1894 (or 1895) in the Kiamichi Mountains of McCurtain County, Oklahoma Indian Territory.  He married Agnes Watkins and they had at least one child, Jonah.  The book Comanche Code Talkers of World War II, states that Joseph, an orphan, was underage and lied about his age.  Not sure about that because if he was born in 1894 or 1895 he would have been over twenty-one years old in 1917 — hardly underage.

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  1. Just left the grave of Joseph Oklahombi . his son Jonah is buried next to him . 2 of my great uncles are buried close to him . they are Raymond and Ramsey Lewis .

    • Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed researching and writing the article about Joseph … God Bless our Veterans!

  2. Loved this…planning on using this for my students in November.

    • Awesome! That makes me so happy to hear. One of the reasons I write stories about these unique and/or obscure events/characters in history is so our children can know more about our great history — good and bad. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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