12 September 2012

Geronimo in the News

No Easy Day by Mark Owen, 2012, Excerpt
“For God and country, I pass Geronimo,” Jay said. “Geronimo E.K.I.A”

VP Joe Biden, Sep 2012
“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!”

Osama Bin Laden: Why Geronimo?
03 May 2011
The code name for the operation to capture Osama Bin Laden was Geronimo. Why was it named after one of the best-known Native Americans? The fact that Bin Laden had been killed by US Special Forces was reported to President Barack Obama on Sunday with the words "Geronimo EKIA" - Enemy Killed In Action. But US officials have not commented on why the name Geronimo was chosen - and may never do so. Bin Laden was referred to by one as a "21st-Century Geronimo, trying to elude the US military somewhere in a dry mountain range that could easily pass for the American West".

Geronimo gained early notoriety for his fearless raids against Mexican soldiers. Mexican troops had killed members of his family after storming his village, and his revenge was to kill as many of them as possible. By 1872, US government officials were keenly aware of Geronimo's fighting exploits when they corralled him and hundreds of his fellow Chiricahua Apache people onto an Arizona Territory reservation. Military officials soon branded Geronimo a renegade. Geronimo and his followers embarrassed military officers by eluding them time and again, at one point with as many as 5,000 US soldiers on their heels.

The tradition of shouting "Geronimo" while bailing out of a plane can be traced to Fort Benning in the state of Georgia. According to reports, in 1940 soldiers from the parachute division were preparing to test a daring new maneuver, in which men jumped from the plane in rapid succession. The motivational yell was adopted by other servicemen and quickly became standard practice for US army paratroopers - and the favored cry for little boys performing a daring leap. The nickname Geronimo has also adopted by the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, which has been operational in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US tries to stop Geronimo lawsuit
21 Jun 2009
US officials have moved to block a legal bid by descendants of Apache leader Geronimo to have his remains reburied. Geronimo's relatives say some body parts were stolen almost 100 years ago by members of a society linked to Yale University to keep in their clubhouse. The society, known as Skull and Bones, is alleged to have stolen some of Geronimo's remains from a burial plot in Oklahoma in 1918. The relatives want to rebury the warrior, who died in 1909, near his birthplace in New Mexico. But the justice department has asked a federal judge to dismiss their lawsuit.

Geronimo’s Heirs Sue Secret Yale Society Over His Skull
19 Feb 2009
Geronimo died a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1909. A longstanding tradition among members of Skull and Bones holds that Prescott S. Bush — father of President George Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush — broke into the grave with some classmates during World War I and made off with the skull, two bones, a bridle and some stirrups, all of which were put on display at the group’s clubhouse in New Haven, known as the Tomb.

The story gained some validity in 2005, when a historian discovered a letter written in 1918 from one Skull and Bones member to another saying the skull had been taken from a grave at Fort Sill along with several pieces of tack for a horse. Ramsey Clark, a former United States attorney general who is representing Geronimo’s family, acknowledged he had no hard proof that the story was true. Yet he said he hoped the court would clear up the matter.

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