Posthumously, in 1977, she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2001, she was given the title of Honorary Sergeant, Regular Army, by then-president Bill Clinton.
Billy enlisted in the military in December 1951, where he was trained as a medic, but ended up working as a tugboat operator in Alaska during his military service.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and brother, Bobby.
Visitation will be Friday, January 13, 2017, from to p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, at p.m.
Billy Dwayne Peterson was born in Audubon, IA, on November 8, 1930, to Carl Peterson and Minnie Thygesen.
He and his younger brother, Bobby, raised sheep and farmed in their younger years.
In 1800, when she was approximately 12, she and several other girls were kidnapped by a group of Hidatsa in a battle that resulted in the deaths of several Shoshone: four men, four women, and several boys.