Custer’s Battle of The Little Bighorn Marker Project

 

Above is one of over 200 markers on the Custer Battlefield indicating where an Unknown Trooper fell during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  It is the only battlefield in the world where markers exist signifying where soldiers fell in battle  but are not permanently buried there.

While much has been written about the Battle of the Little Bighorn and “Custer’s Last Stand”, no one has ever attempted a project to associate every Trooper’s name to an specific marker now in place on the Custer Battlefield…at least until now. 

Rick Stone is a retired Chief of Police with service in the Dallas, Texas Police Department, the Wichita, Kansas Police Department, and the Hollywood, Florida Police Department.  As a law enforcement retiree in June 2010, Chief Stone visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield and became intrigued with the fact that so many of the over 200 marble markers placed on the battlefield had no names associated with them and only marked the spot where some “Unknown” trooper of Custer’s 7th Cavalry had fallen on 25 June 1876.  This interest became the impetus for an unpublished manuscript titled “A U.S. Soldier Fell Here.”

Before this project could be completed, Chief Stone served during 2011 and 2012 with the Department of Defense (DoD) as the Deputy Chief of the World War II Research and Investigation Branch of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.  During his tenure with DoD, Chief Stone investigated over 175 cases American servicemen were still listed as “Missing In Action.”  Chief Stone also noted that administrative errors often left families suffering the loss without even knowing where their loved one had fallen on the field of battle.

In 2019, Chief Stone again agreed to come out of retirement status to accept an appointment as the Chief of the Histories Branch at the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).  In 2021 Chief Stone returned to retirement status and again began activities as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.

To date, Foundation researchers and investigators have completed over 550 “Investigative Reports” that have assisted in the accounting for over 200 American servicemen who were originally listed as MIA.

After Chief Stone’s departure from NHHC, The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation took up the long dormant “Battle of the Little Bighorn Marker Project” by  utilizing publically available government resources, other non-governmental organizations, and the worldwide network of volunteer researchers and investigators within the Foundation who assist MIA families in learning the circumstances of their service member’s loss.

For the “Little Bighorn Project”, Foundation researchers poured through dozens of books and articles published on the Battle of the Little Bighorn, acquired and analyzed all available government documents, maps, muster rolls, and the most recent anthropological reports on archaeology completed at the battlefield.  In addition, Foundation investigators obtained other documents from the National Archives to determine possible biometric matches to “Unknown” troopers recovered from the battlefield after the initial burials.

While the evidence varies from case to case, Foundation investigators and researchers were able to form professional opinions on exactly which of Lieutenant Colonel Custer’s troopers originally fell at sites identified by existing “Unknown” markers, which markers were spurious, and which of the 7th Cavalry troopers were not killed on the battlefield.

Even after almost 150 years, giving their loved ones and family closure of where a 7th Cavalry trooper actually fell in battle is the greatest gift we can imagine and the greatest way to celebrate and thank the soldiers who lost their lives on a hot Montana day in 1876.

Below are the active cases of the 210 members of the 7th Cavalry who died with Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer on 25 June 1876 and that Foundation research has assigned a specific marker location on the battlefield:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME RANK 
ADAMS GEORGE E PRIVATE
ALLEN (Allan) ALFRED EARNEST PRIVATE
ANDREWS WILLIAM PRIVATE
ASSADALY ANTHONY PRIVATE
ATCHESON THOMAS PRIVATE
BABCOCK ELMER PRIVATE
BAILEY HENRY ALLEN BLACKSMITH
BAKER WILLIAM H. PRIVATE
BARRY JOHN D. PRIVATE
BARTH ROBERT PRIVATE
BOBO LEMUEL EDWIN 1ST SERGEANT
BOYER MITCH INTEPRETER
BOYLE OWEN PRIVATE
BRADY WILLIAM PRIVATE
BRANDON BENJAMIN FARRIER
BRIGHTFIELD JOHN PRIVATE
BRIODY JOHN CORPORAL
BROADHURST JOSEPH F PRIVATE
BROGAN JAMES PRIVATE
BROWN GEORGE C. CORPORAL
BROWN WILLIAM A. PRIVATE
BROWN BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PRIVATE
BRUCE PATRICK PRIVATE
BUCKNELL THOMAS J TRUMPETER
BURNHAM LUCIEN PRIVATE
BUSTARD JAMES SERGEANT
BUTLER JAMES 1ST SERGEANT
CALHOUN JAMES 1ST LIEUTENANT
CALLAHAN JOHN J CORPORAL
CARNEY JAMES PRIVATE
CASHAN WILLIAM SERGEANT
CATHER ARMANTHEUS D. PRIVATE
CHEEVER AMI PRIVATE
COLEMAN CHARLES CORPORAL
CONNOR EDWARD PRIVATE
CONNORS THOMAS PRIVATE
COOKE WILLIAM WINER 1ST LIEUTENANT
CRIDDLE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PRIVATE
CRISFIELD WILLIAM B PRIVATE
CRITTENDEN JOHN JORDAN 2ND LIEUTENANT
CROWLEY (Duggan) JOHN L PRIVATE
CUSTER THOMAS WARD CAPTAIN
CUSTER BOSTON CIVILIAN GUIDE
CUSTER GEORGE ARMSTRONG LT COLONEL
DARRIS JOHN PRIVATE
DAVIS WILLIAM PRIVATE
DOHMAN ANTON PRIVATE
DONNELLY TIMOTHY PRIVATE
DOSE HENRY C. TRUMPETER
DOWNING THOMAS PATRICK PRIVATE
DRISCOLL EDWARD C PRIVATE
DYE WILLIAM PRIVATE
EAGAN THOMAS P. CORPORAL
EISEMAN GEORGE PRIVATE
ENGLE GUSTAVE PRIVATE
FARRAND JAMES PRIVATE
FARRELL RICHARD PRIVATE
FINCKLE GEORGE SERGEANT
FINLEY JEREMIAH DARBY? SERGEANT
FOLEY JOHN CORPORAL
FORBES JOHN STUART PRIVATE
FRENCH HENRY ELDON CORPORAL
GALVIN JAMES J. PRIVATE
GARDNER JOHN WILLIAM PRIVATE
GILBERT WILLIAM H. CORPORAL
GILLETTE DAVID C. PRIVATE
GRAHAM CHARLES PRIVATE
GRIFFIN PATRICK PRIVATE
GROSS GEORGE H. PRIVATE
HAMILTON HENRY PRIVATE
HAMMON GEORGE W PRIVATE
HARRINGTON HENRY MOORE 2ND LIEUTENANT
HARRINGTON WESTON PRIVATE
HARRISON WILLIAM H. CORPORAL
HATHERSALL JAMES PRIVATE
HAUGGI LOUIS PRIVATE
HEATH WILLIAM H. FARRIER
HEIM JOHN PRIVATE
HENDERSON SYKES PRIVATE
HENDERSON JOHN PRIVATE
HETESIMER ADAM PRIVATE
HOHMEYER FREDERICK 1ST SERGEANT
HOLCOMB EDWARD P PRIVATE
HORN MARION F PRIVATE
HOWELL GEORGE SADDLER
HUBER WILLIAM PRIVATE
HUGHES FRANCIS THOMAS PRIVATE
HUGHES ROBERT H. SERGEANT
JAMES WILLIAM BATINE SERGEANT
KAVANAGH THOMAS G PRIVATE
KELLOGG MARCUS HENRY CIVILIAN NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENT
KELLY JOHN P. PRIVATE
KELLY PATRICK PRIVATE
KENNY MICHAEL 1ST SERGEANT
KEOGH MILES WALTER CAPTAIN
KING JOHN BLACKSMITH
KLEIN GUSTAV PRIVATE
KNAUTH HERMAN PRIVATE
KNECHT ANDREW PRIVATE
KRAMER WILLIAM TRUMPETER
LEHMAN FREDERICK PRIVATE
LEHMAN HENRY PRIVATE
LEROCK WILLIAM H. PRIVATE
LEWIS JOHN PRIVATE
LIEMANN WERNER L. PRIVATE
LLOYD EDWARD W PRIVATE
LOBERING LOUIS PRIVATE
LORD GEORGE EDWIN 1ST LIEUTENANT
LOSSEE WILLIAM A. PRIVATE
MADSEN CHRISTIAN PRIVATE
MAHONEY BARTHOLOMEW PRIVATE
MANNING JAMES R. BLACKSMITH
MASON HENRY S. CORPORAL
MAXWELL THOMAS E. PRIVATE
MCCARTHY CHARLES PRIVATE
MCELROY THOMAS FRANCIS TRUMPETER
MCGUCKER JOHN MOORE TRUMPETER
MCGUE PETER PRIVATE
MCILHARGEY ARCHIBALD FLOYD PRIVATE
MEIER FREDERICK PRIVATE
MEYER AUGUST PRIVATE
MEYER ALBERT H CORPORAL
MILLER JOHN PRIVATE
MILTON FRANCIS E PRIVATE
MITCHELL JOHN EDWARD PRIVATE
MONROE JOSEPH PRIVATE
MOONIE GEORGE A. TRUMPETER
MORRIS GEORGE C. CORPORAL
NOSHANG JACOB PRIVATE
NURSEY FREDERICK SERGEANT
O’BRIEN JOHN PRIVATE
O’CONNELL DAVID J PRIVATE
O’CONNOR PATRICK EDWARD PRIVATE
OGDEN JOHN S. SERGEANT
OMLING SEBASTIAN PRIVATE
PARDEE  (Burke) OSCAR (John) F. PRIVATE
PARKER JOHN PRIVATE
PATTON JOHN W TRUMPETER
PERKINS CHARLES SADDLER
PHILLIPS EDGAR PRIVATE
PITTER FELIX JAMES PRIVATE
PORTER JAMES EZEKIAL 1ST LIEUTENANT
POST GEORGE PRIVATE
QUINN JAMES PRIVATE
RAUTER JOHN PRIVATE
REED WILLIAM PRIVATE
REED HARRY ARMSTRONG CIVILIAN BEEF HERDER
REES WILLIAM HENRY PRIVATE
REIBOLD CHRISTIAN PRIVATE
REILY WILLIAM VAN WYCK 2ND LIEUTENANT
RIX EDWARD PRIVATE
ROBERTS HENRY PRIVATE
ROGERS WALTER B. PRIVATE
ROOD EDWARD PRIVATE
ROSSBURY JOHN W PRIVATE
RUDDEN PATRICK PRIVATE
RUSSELL JAMES HENRY PRIVATE
RYAN DANIEL CORPORAL
SAUNDERS RICHARD DARBY PRIVATE
SCHELE HENRY PRIVATE
SCHMIDT CHARLES PRIVATE
SCOTT CHARLES PRIVATE
SEILER JOHN CORPORAL
SHADE SAMUEL S. PRIVATE
SHARROW WILLIAM HUNTER SERGEANT MAJOR
SHEA JEREMIAH PRIVATE
SHORT NATHAN PRIVATE
SICFOUS FRANCIS W PRIVATE
SIEMON CHARLES BLACKSMITH
SIEMONSON BRENT PRIVATE
SMALLWOOD WILLIAM PRIVATE
SMITH ALGERNON EMORY 1ST LIEUTENANT
SMITH JAMES PRIVATE
SMITH ALBERT A PRIVATE
SMITH (2) JAMES PRIVATE
SNOW ANDREW PRIVATE
ST. JOHN LUDWIG PRIVATE
STAFFORD BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PRIVATE
STAPLES SAMUEL FREDERICK CORPORAL
STELLA ALEXANDER PRIVATE
STUART ALPHEUS PRIVATE
STUNGEWITZ YGNATZ PRIVATE
STURGIS JAMES GARLAND 2ND LIEUTENANT
SYMMS DARWIN L. PRIVATE
TARBOX BYRON L. PRIVATE
TEEMAN WILLIAM CORPORAL
TESSIER EDMOND D. PRIVATE
THADUS JOHN PRIVATE
TORREY WILLIAM ALLEN PRIVATE
TROY JAMES E PRIVATE
TWEED THOMAS S. PRIVATE
VAN ALLEN GARRETT H. PRIVATE
VAN BRAMER CHARLES PRIVATE
VAN SANT CORNELIUS PRIVATE
VARDEN FRANK E. 1ST SERGEANT
VETTER JOHANN MICHAEL PRIVATE
VICKORY JOHN SERGEANT
VOSS HENRY CHIEF TRUMPETER
WALKER GEORGE P. PRIVATE
WALSH FREDERICK TRUMPETER
WARNER OSCAR T. PRIVATE
WARREN GEORGE A. PRIVATE
WARREN AMOS B. SERGEANT
WAY THOMAS N. TRUMPETER
WHALEY WILLIAM B. PRIVATE
WILD JOHN CORPORAL
WILKINSON JOHN K. SERGEANT
WRIGHT WILLIS B. PRIVATE
WYMAN HENRY PRIVATE
YATES GEORGE WILHELMUS M. CAPTAIN

If you are a family member of one of these 7th Cavalry troopers listed above, please contact us as soon as possible as we have a great deal of information to share with you:

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