Geronimo the Incomparable Indian Warrior

“Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man’s resources?”
–Jean-Paul Sartre

When I was a small boy growing up all my Apache grandmother would talk about is the great Goyahkla, Geronimo’s true tribal name. The name Geronimo was given to him by the Mexican army. In a fierce battle with the Mexican army
Goyahkla beat the living crap out of the Mexican army on their big holiday, “St. Geronimo Day” and from that severe butt whipping by the great Goyahkla (Geronimo) the Mexican army just called him Geronimo.

Geronimo was born on June 16th 1829 near the Gila River, Bedonkohe, under Mexican occupation.
Geronimo was a naturally gifted hunter, who legend goes, as a boy swallowed the heart of his first kill in order to ensure a life of success on the hunt. To the Apache tribe Goyahkla (Geronimo) was the essence of the best and most skilled Indian warriors, he was fearless, clever, ruthless, and honorable as a man of his word.
Goyahkla (Geronimo) proved time and time again that he was the most famous Apache warrior of them all even among white men this was the feeling.

In fact Geronimo is the father of Guerilla Warfare in America; the movie Rambo makes reference that Rambo was part Apache Indian. The things Rambo did in a Hollywood movie Goyahkla (Geronimo) did in real life against the Mexican army.

General Nelson A. Miles wrote in his diary about Goyahkla.

“He was one of the brightest, most resolute, determined-looking man that I have ever encountered.
He had the clearest, sharpest dark eye I think I have ever seen, unless it was that of General Sherman.”
–General Sherman A. Miles

At the tender age of seventeen Geronimo fell in love with a very beautiful Apache girl named Alope.
The two young lovers were married and had three children together.
One day while out on a trading trip, Mexican soldiers attacked the camp where Geronimo’s family were set up.
Geronimo’s mother, wife and three children were all killed in the attack.
Geronimo was enraged and he rounded up two hundred Apache warriors and for the next ten years he hunted
down every Mexican soldier that had a hand in the killing of his family and he killed each and everyone of them.
The Mexican General gave a speech to the Mexican army warning them to leave the Apache tribe alone for fear of retribution from Geronimo.

U.S. Paratroopers of World War II saw the 1940 movie “GERONIMO” the night before mass training jumps and as they fell
from the sky, they all shouted the name, GERONIMO!

Goyahkla (Geronimo) died on February 17th 1909 and his grave is at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

“The U.S. soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged , but reported misdeeds of the
Indians.” –Geronimo

Charles Micheaux
Atlanta, Georgia

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