Chief Dewey Beard or Wasu Maza ('Iron Hail', 1858-1955) was Minneconjou Lakota, fought in Battle of Little Big Horn as a teenager. After Custer's defeat, Wasu Maza followed Sitting Bull into exile in Canada, then back to South Dakota, where he lived on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. When he died in 1955, at age of 96, Dewey Beard was last known Lakota survivor of Battle of Little Big Horn and last known survivor of Wounded Knee Massacre.
August 11, A number of blocks are named for Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917), celebrating his victory in a battle in the Spanish-American War in 1898. This block was named Dewey's Victory by Clara Stone (1906). Another name, Martha Washington Star comes from Farmer’s Wife in 1926. Lesser known names are Octagonal Star (Carlie Sexton) 1928 and Queen Victoria (Evangeline’s pattern column in St. John, New Brunswick Maritime Farmer, c.1920s and 1930s.
Commodore George Dewey during the Spanish-American war. He returned to America to a hero's welcome, and by act of Congress was promoted to the special rank of Admiral of the Navy in 1903 with his date of rank retroactive to 1899.