ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 11, 1976
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(Studio) Reburial in military grave at Fort Sam Houston in Texas of Raymond Hatfield Gardner noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas) Gardner, known as "Arizona Bill," had claimed to be soldier, but records, which went back prior to Civil War, had been lost. Report is on search for these records by former Master sergeant George Miller. [MILLER - tells how he got records from Virginia.] Gardner served in Union army with General Ulysses S Grant, scouted for General George Armstrong Custer and traveled to Florida as translator for Apache chief Geronimo. "Arizona Bill" and burro, "Temporary," became legend, but life not documented until Miller got records so that Gardner could have dream of being buried in military cemetery fulfilled.
REPORTER: Jim Kincaid
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