Sports Heroes Who Served: Native American Marine Took Olympic Gold in 1964

Sports Heroes Who Served: Native American Marine Took Olympic Gold in 1964
Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military.

Tamakoce Te'Hila, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, is better known as Billy Mills, an Olympic great.

His Indian name means "loves his country," and it also means "respects the earth." Mills lived up to his name because after graduating from the University of Kansas, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1962.
 

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