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In Memory of U.S. Army Private

Gabriel Lawrence Two Eagle

Upper Cut Meat Community, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, Todd County

October 7, 1950 – April 18, 1971

Died in Hua Nghia, South Vietnam

Gabriel Lawrence Two Eagle was born in Upper Cut Meat Community, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, on October 7, 1950, to Clarence L. and Gladys Two Eagle. He was third oldest in a large family; he had nine brothers: Lonnie, Clarence, Leonard, John, Calvin, Gaylord, Philimon, Duane, and Carlos. He also had four sisters: Christine, Lucille, Violet, and Mona. He attended St. Francis Indian School and Todd County schools but left in his senior year before graduation because he wanted to enlist although his parents were against it. Gabriel is remembered for being a traditional dancer. He also “loved horses and rodeo, both rough stock and roping events.” His brother, Leonard, remembers that Gabriel was a natural horseman with a life-long passion for raising and breaking horses.

On March 18, 1970, Gabriel Two Eagle entered active service at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He began his tour of Vietnam on August 6, 1970 as part of Battery C, 6th Battalion, 27th Artillery, 23rd Artillery Group (Rear). While he was in the service, he learned to play the guitar and even sent home a tape to his family. On it was his playing and singing. He also wrote home that he felt kind of bad for the Vietnamese people; he thought they looked like Indians and didn’t really want to battle with them.

Army Private Gabriel Lawrence Two Eagle died in Hua Nghia Province, Vietnam on April 18, 1971. A sergeant attached to his company later wrote to Gabriel’s parents and gave them more details about the fire-fight leading up to Gabriel’s death. His body was returned to the United States and after a funeral service at the Catholic Church, he was buried with military honors at White Horse Cemetery in Upper Cut Meat Community.

At www.vvmf.org the following is posted in Gabriel’s memory by Bruce Dees: “Gabriel, we pray the years have eased the pain of your loss to your loved ones. The men from Charlie Battery 6/27th Field Artillery will never forget you. Rest in peace my brother.” Gabriel’s brother, Leonard, remarked that Gabriel was killed just a few months before he was supposed to come home. He said, “We were all looking forward to him coming home. But it was never meant to be.” His parents, Clarence and Gladys, took Gabriel’s death hard and never really got over it. Gabriel is survived by his brothers: Lonnie, Leonard, John, Calvin, Gaylord, Philimon, and Duane, and his sisters, Christine (Iron Thunder), Lucille, and Violet, all of whom live on the Rosebud Reservation.

After Gabriel’s death, six of his brothers went on to serve in the military.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Stetson Ducheneaux, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, SD, February 14, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD Vietnam Veterans’ Bonus, http://www.vvmf.org/, a Rapid City Journal article via http://politicalswitchboard.invisionzone.com/lofiversion/index.php/t15.html and the Two Eagle family.

 


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