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Induction Category & YearHistorical 1985
Home TownKenel, SD
BirthJune 20, 1889
Kenel, SD
Wakpala, SD

   Chester Bear
Champion of Excellence

 Chester Armstrong Four Bear was born at Kenel, SD, in 1889. He was a grandson of Chief Joseph Four Bear, who was a leader of the Two Kettle Band of Sioux Indians and also a member of the Foot Soldier Band. The Four Bear campsite was the oldest permanent village site on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Chester was a personable fellow whose talents included bronc riding, rope spinning, tap dancing, as well as musical abilities. He possessed natural acting abilities, and at one time performed before the Queen of England. He was popular among his fellow men and was well respected.

From 1917 to 1919, he served in the U.S. Army and while overseas in France, he established an admirable record acting as a runner and carrying messages to the front line under machine gun fire. He was awarded the Croix De Guerre Medal for bravery in swift running.

Home Town (Kenel, SD)
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