About Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish // Mad Bear and Co-Tux-A-Kah-Wadde // Traveling bear, SGT/Scout
Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish was a Pawnee Scouts and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States
Co-Tux-A-Kah-Wadde or Traveling bear in English was born in Nebraska and entered the U.S. Army as an Indian Scout. Due to the language barrier between him and the Army soldiers his name was misinterpreted as Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish or Mad Bear and that is the name that has been incorrectly documented in his Medal of Honor and other references to this day. While on patrol after a dismounted Indian and in the process was badly injured when another member of his unit shot him by mistake. For his actions in Republican River, Kansas July 8, 1869 he became the first native American to receive the Medal of Honor on August 24, 1869
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Pawnee Scouts, U.S. Army. Place and date: At Republican River, Kans., 8 July 1869. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Nebraska. Date of issue: 24 August 1869.
Ran out from the command in pursuit of a dismounted Indian; was shot down and badly wounded by a bullet from his own command