b. 1850 ? d. 1889 Ash Flats, Arizona.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/1872 Arizona.
Born Bow-os-loh in the Arizona Territory, Jim was a member of the White Mountain Apache. In late-1872, he and nine other Apaches were hired by the U.S. Army as an Indian scout for Lieutenant Colonel George Crook’s campaign against renegades still active in Arizona following the surrender of Cochise earlier that year. Jim and the other scouts guided cavalry troopers in the Tonto Basin where the Western Apache and Yavapais had been successfully conducting raids and eluding troops for several years. During Crook’s winter campaign of 1872–73, Jim was cited for gallantry battling the Apache in the mountains. Of the 23 men who received the Medal of Honor, Jim and all 10 Indian scouts received the award for “gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches”.
The other scouts included William Alchesay, Blanquet, Chiquito, Elsatsoosu, Kelsay, Kosoha, Machol, Nannasaddie and Nantaje.
Most of the Apache scouts, save for William Alchesay, disappeared from public record soon after the expedition. The death of Jim was not reported until 40 years later when his widow applied for his army pension in 1927.
Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
IN MEMORY OF MARKER AT ARIZONA VETERANS’ MEMORIAL CEMETERY, MARANA, ARIZONA.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.