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Legacies of Service: Celebrating Native Veterans (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project)
Native American veterans have a long history of military service, a legacy which continues to inform their current participation in the armed forces. Since 9/11, Native Americans have served at a higher per-capita rate than any other ethnic group. While their reasons for serving are as diverse as their tribal affiliations, many cite their desire to follow in the footsteps of family members, as well as the cultural value placed on patriotism, duty, and warrior traditions within their communities. Here, we present the narratives of 18 Native American veterans, all of whom served in conflicts from WWII to Iraq and Afghanistan. Including stories ranging from Navajo Code Talkers to those who traded Indian boarding schools for boot camp, all of these collections explore the meaning and experience of American military service. For more collections like these, please view: Willing to Serve: American Indians.
Lauren Arnett Campbell collectionLauren A.Campbell
AIR FORCE
Afghan War

Video Interview, Audio Interview
Charles Chupco collectionCharles Chupco
NAVY
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Virgil England collectionVirgil England
ARMY
Cold War


Audio Interview
Donald Fisher collectionDonald Fisher
ARMY
Korean War

Video Interview
Jamie Fox collectionJamie Fox
AIR FORCE
Afghan War

Video Interview
Gilbert Horn collectionGilbert Horn
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Gerald Ketcher collectionGerald Ketcher
NAVY
Korean War

Video Interview
Image: Melvin T. Pender, Jr.Toni Rae King
ARMY
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Keith M. Little collectionKeith M. Little
MARINE CORPS
World War II

Video Interview, Audio Interview
Glenn Moore collectionGlenn Moore
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Edith Rene Porter Stewart collectionEdith Porter-Stewart
NAVY
Iraq War

Video Interview, Memoir, Creative Works
Harvey Pratt collectionHarvey Pratt
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Charles Norman Shay collectionCharles Norman Shay
ARMY
World War II, Korean War

Video Interview
Albert Smith collectionAlbert Smith
MARINE CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Charles Smith collectionGeorge Smith
MARINE CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Joe T. Thronton collectionJoe T. Thornton
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview
Bill H. Toledo collectionBill H. Toledo
MARINE CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Tecumseh Underwood collectionTecumseh Underwood
ARMY
Cold War

Vixdeo Interview
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