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The tribute was made possible by the tireless work of one scout.

Nathan Hyde, 16, faced with the challenge of an eagle scout project, traveled to the Evans cemetery months ago. He had been told by a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars that a single gravestone was all that stood to honor a military hero from roughly a century ago.

Sgt. Charles H. Welch, born in 1845, was awarded the rare Medal of Honor after the Battle of Little Big Horn - also called Custer's Last Stand.

He was buried in Evans in 1915.

"Most of the VFW didn't know about it, most of the people who have lived here in Evans all their lives didn't know about him," Hyde said.

The battle, in June of 1876, left Welch wounded. Even so, he helped get critical water for the wounded by crossing through enemy fire.

"Somebody that has a wound, that prevents them from fighting in the main battle but their answer to that is to run across 80 yards of enemy fire to deliver water to somebody else who's trying to maintain a position, it's a pretty remarkable story," Bob Hyde, Nathan's father, said.
It was the kind of story that Nathan couldn't let sit in relative obscurity.

"I decided there needed to be something here to show our respect towards him," Nathan said during a ceremony on Sunday to unveil the monument to Sgt. Welch.

The mayor of Evans and local police officials attended to congratulate Hyde for his work.

"Remembering Sgt. Walsh here, a Medal of Honor recipient, he actually honors all of us," said Thomas Hawley with VFW 6624. "Veterans of Foreign Wars can't express enough what this young man has done for all veterans."

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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