Dedication of grave marker planned for cavalryman

FREDERICKSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Officials will dedicate a grave marker for a cavalryman who won the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars in the 1870s.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports an Iowa National Guard honor guard and Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Director Robert King will join for the ceremony Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery near Fredericksburg.

The ceremony will honor LeRoy H. Vokes. For decades after his death in 1924 there was no marker of his grave in a family plot.

Local genealogist Jeanette Kottke researched Vokes and determined where he was buried.

Vokes and three others received the nation’s highest military honor for leading a counterattack against a party of Minneconjou Sioux in Nebraska.

Vokes was a first sergeant with the 3rd U.S. Cavalry and served with William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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