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Willing to Serve: American Indians (Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress)
American Indians have eagerly served a government which did not always keep its word to their ancestors. All of the Native Americans featured here volunteered to serve in conflicts from World War II to Iraq. Few encountered any overt prejudice while in uniform, though Navajo Code Talkers were sometimes mistaken by their own men for Japanese soldiers. But as one code talker recalled, Navajos had a chance to prove wrong the bigots back home; the military prized them for speaking their own language. For all American Indian veterans, the honor of defending their country overrode all other considerations.
Image: Dan AkeeDan Akee
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Roy Daniel BaileyRoy Daniel Bailey
World War II

Video Interview, Photos, Official Documents
Image: Joseph Arden BeimfohrJoseph A.Beimfohr

Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Steven L. Bobb, Sr.Steven L. Bobb, Sr.

Audio Interview
Image: Marcella Ryan Le BeauMarcella R. Le Beau
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Ed McGaaEd McGaa
Cold War, Vietnam

Audio Interview
Image: Leroy MzhicktenoLeroy Mzhickteno
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Chester NezChester Nez
World War II
Korean War

Video Interview
Image: Lewis SawaquatLewis Sawaquat
Korean War

Video Interview
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