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Fighting Stallions Serves as
A larger-than-life bronze of Korczak Ziolkowski's Fighting Stallions was unveiled April 19, 1994 as the focal point of a state memorial to Governor George S. Mickelson and seven other men who were killed when the state-owned airplane in which they were riding crashed. The dedication ceremony was broadcast live, statewide.
At age seven Mickelson helped his father, Governor George T. Mickelson, set off the first blast on the Crazy Horse mountain carving on June 3, 1948. Mickelson was a long-time friend of Crazy Horse Memorial, returning many times.
Authorized by the state legislature, the Fighting Stallions memorial is on the lawn of the state capital in Pierre, S.D. The original 18-inch-high Fighting Stallions was sculpted by Korczak from African mahogany. It was a favorite of Governor and Mrs. Mickelson, as well as of his successor, Governor Walter Dale Miller.