Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle during the opening of the Days of '76 Museum in Deadwood, S.D. Bald Eagle died on Friday at the age of 97.Tom Griffith/Rapid City Journal via AP
This obit is basically a story. I'll start with the huge errors first. Don't get me wrong. David Bald Eagle is a good man who did many things. He just didn't do all of this things. The movie producer wants people to think he's the "most interesting man in the world." Notice that movie producer controls the Facebook profile "Dave Bald Eagle" which is promoting these falsities.
Chief White Bull is not David Bald Eagle's grandfather. David's grandfathers were paternal John Beautiful Bald Eagle born 1860 and maternal George White Feather born 1865. Chief White Bull was born April 1849 and died 1947.
The obit stated this "Five years after White Bulls death, when he was 17 he convinced his father to let him join the US Army 4th cavalry at Ft. Meade where he participated in the last years of mounted cavalry before mechanization."
That would have been 1952 when David was 33. I blame this on the movie producer.
Here is his real family tree. I can't find the English wife who died in a car accident pregnant. There are records for all of his other marriages. He has had quite a few.
|David Beautiful Bald Eagle April 8, 1919 - July 22, 2016- family tree, heritage, ancestry, not grandson of Chief White Bull|
Allegedly David Bald Eagle used a different name when he was acting with John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Errol Flynn as a young man. For some reason he never told anyone what that name was.
The US government did an Indian census every single year. All the census show him on the reservation working as a truck driver for his entire life except for WWII.
David Bald Eagle was not in the movie "Dances with Wolves." After being found out the movie person stated that he consulted with them. Again, no official record.
David Bald Eagle stated he received a silver star medal from the military. He's not in the list of all silver star recipients. No one by the name of "bald," "eagle," "bald eagle," "beautiful."
As far as working with Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe...
Someone said there is a video where David Bald Eagle states these things. If he is stating it as fact on his own, I'll believe it. Perhaps the movie producer told him to say these things for the movie or to get viral attention. I don't know.
Here are the many independently verified documents which support all the names, dates, places, military...
A friend shared an obituary he wrote for David Bald Eagle a Sioux Indian who died at 97 on July 22, 2016. I read his life story and I was amazed if this is true. This man packed so much into his 97 years. I decided to look up his ancestry to see how many records I could find to verify his life story.
He did indeed do many of these things though not all. Thankfully they did census of Indian reservations. In 1919 when David Bald Eagle was born he was not a US Citizen. Native Americans were not allowed to be US Citizens until years later. They were not allowed to vote years after that.
I see a few more marriages for David Bald Eagle with the same birth date, location. I also see him on the reservation as a truck driver up to 1935 at least. I haven't found any travel docs for him to go to Brussels, Belgium. I don't see him enlisting in the army at the age of 17. Some of this story is off but I don't blame it on David Bald Eagle. It could be the fault of other people. David Bald Eagle also used other English sounding names so maybe I just haven't found it yet.
His obit said he was in the movie "Flaming Arrow" with Errol Flynn. The movie's title was "The Flame and The Arrow." It was shot in Los Angeles, California in 1950. He's not listed as one of the many stunt actors. He's not listed in any credits.
He was in these three movies, River of Fundament (2014), Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) and Skins (2002).
In Ancestry military section he did enlist in the army. As far as I can see so far he was not wounded in the war. He did not receive a medal. I could be wrong. I'll keep looking. I think maybe other people built up his story. In fact it seems the person who produced, directed a movie he was in may have padded the story for media purposes. I can't find the John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe stories. I also see his grandfathers as John Beautiful Bald Eagle and George White Feather. He had no grandfather by the name of White Bull.
I did find this interesting bit of info from the newspapers. I've not heard of consulates not paying for travel but who knows.
"Feb 6, 1980 - She and her husband David Bald Eagle will need about $3,-400 to repay the Beglgian Consulate for the children's transportation from Africa to ...
L&K CHERRY CREEK, S.D. (AP) -Josee Kesteman Bald Eagle will eventually get her children back from Upper Volta, Africa where they were found last week, but now she's worried about paying for their transportation. She and her husband David Bald Eagle will need about $3,-400 to repay the Beglgian Consulate for the children's transportation from Africa to Chicago. Her sister in Brussels added $1,000 to help pay the remainder of the transportation costs. "They said I must repay it as soon as possible," Mrs. Bald Eagle said. "I hope it does not delaying sending the children back." Mrs. Bald Eagle, who is Belgian, was notified by the Belgian Consulate last week that her children had been found after they had been missing seven years. Officials predicted the youngsters would be back with their mother within two weeks. The three children, aged 10, 8 and 3 when they were taken, were taken by a man named Frank Andre, a French national who did not want her to marry Bald Eagle, the woman said. "
Interestingly David Bald Eagle said people were less discriminatory against Native American Indians in the '30's and '40's. They were more discriminatory after WWII. I wonder why. I thought we as a nation are less discriminatory than older generations but I'm obviously wrong.
David Bald Eagle only spoke Lakota until he went to school at the age of 12. He learned English and American culture. He excelled in sports. He later joined the military and was in WWII. Below is just part of one obituary. I'll post his tree in a bit.
Here is his tree. It's still a work in progress. This is my first Native American tree. I've done US, Mexican, Belgium, French, Spain...but this is very different. It's probably not 100% correct.
While I thank the US government for having census of Indians so they can have a better history of their ancestry I think this was done for a different purpose. It appears census takers asked names. If they didn't get a first and last name, the census takers appear to have given the people American English first names such as David, William, Violet... Keep in mind census takers back in the day recorded names by how they sounded. They also seem to have taken census in order to give the Indians their payments. For these reasons I wouldn't rely 100% on the US census documents. I haven't added his children.
Here is his military enlistment information. He enlisted in October 10, 1940 for three years. He was 5'6" 129 lbs. This is from US military but for some reason they did not use the forms they use with American military. Maybe it's a city, county thing. This is the legal citation. National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
|David Beautiful Bald Eagle military obituary history biography life story|
"Native American Chief David Bald Eagle, who appeared in the Oscar-winning 1990 film Dances With Wolves, has died aged 97.
The grandson of Chief White Bull, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Bald Eagle appeared in more than 40 films.
He went on to become the face of South Dakota's Lakota people.
He died at his home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation on 22 July, according to a local funeral home.
Born in a tepee in 1919 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, his native Lakota name translates as Wounded in Winter Beautiful Bald Eagle.
He served in the US Army during World War Two where he fought in the landings at Anzio in Italy and won the silver star.
After being severely wounded by German fire while parachuting into Normandy during D-Day, Bald Eagle pursued a music career as a drummer for Cliff Keyes Big Band.
Following a foray into ballroom dancing, which ended with the tragic death of his dance partner and wife, Penny Rathburn, in a car crash, Bald Eagle established a career in Hollywood.
He trained a range of stars including John Wayne in horse and gun handling, and served as Errol Flynn's stunt double.
In the late 1950s he joined a rodeo display team and while in Belgium met his second wife, Josee."
Read the rest here.
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