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Wesley Samuels, former Choctaw Nation Councilmember, passed away in Oklahoma City on Monday, June 1, 1998. He was 74 years old.
He was born on November 24, 1923 in Smithville, Oklahoma to Jerry Harris and Rosie Nell Mayabb Samuels. He attended school in Smithville and Idabel and married Charleen Mowery on February 23, 1943 in Idabel.
While working for a military insurance company, even though not required to, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
He served during World War II in Southern France, Rome-Arno Rhineland Ardennes and Central European with the 505 Parachute Invasion at Normandy and was awarded seven battle stars which included Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded several times and received the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, along with the Good Conduct Meal, World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with one Silver Service Star and one Bronze Arrowhead Purple Heart.
After the war he returned to Idabel adn then to Dumas, Texas, where he worked for the American Zinc Smelting Company and at the same time worked in the construction of homes and also a butcher. After retirement he moved to McAlesster and had lived there ever since.
He was also a former Jones Academy Board Member. He and his wife, Charleen, published the book, The Life and Times of the Choctaw Original Enrollees”. He was the president of the Pittsburg County Council of Choctaws and worked for the Choctaws no matter what they needed.