- By Dana Sparks
Mayo Clinic Honors Military Veterans
Marcella LeBeau is a 95-year old Native American (Lakota) World War II Army Nursing Corp vet and was a special guest at Mayo Clinic to commemorate Veteran's Day.
LeBeau treated some of the first casualties at the Battle of the Bulge and on D-Day. On the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Ms. LeBeau was awarded France’s highest military accolade, the French Legion of Honor, for her service. She is one of only 100 veterans to receive the award.
As the granddaughter of Chief Four Bear, Lakota leader of the Two Kettle Band of the Lakota Nation, she was formerly Director of Nursing for the Indian Health Service in Eagle Butte, S.D., and has been instrumental in encouraging other Native Americans to enter the nursing field.
LeBeau is active in her community and tribal activities, serving on the Cheyenne River Sioux Wisdom Keepers Board, participating in Veterans Post activities, and making star quilts to honor friends and relatives on special occasions.
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