Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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William Joe Lingo

Born: 6/11/1931

Died: 10/21/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

William Joe Lingo passed away on October 21, 2003, after a long illness from prostate cancer. Known as Billy Joe Lingo or Tushk-Chito, he was born on June 11, 1931, in Lone Grove, Oklahoma.

Bill joined the army when he was 15 years old to enlist in World War II. He served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1968. He earned a combat badge in Korea, participated in 12 ocean crossings while in the service, and received four presidential citations, two in Korea and two in the United States. After Bill retired, he was self-employed in small contracting and in rock masonry. His hobbies were poker, photography, gardening, fishing and traveling. He traveled in over 29 countries.

Mr. Lingo helped over 200 people receive their Indian papers in a 30-year time span. He was also a lifetime DAV member. He was a charter member of TREAS Retired Enlisted Association and a 32nd degree Mason. He and his wife, Carmen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 3, 2003.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Joe, Lee and Darlin.

William Joe Lingo