Collection: Indians in the War

Ceremonial Dances in the Pacific

By Ernie Pyle Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now One of the last stories written Fay Ernie Pyle before his tragic death on le Island was about the Indians of the First Marine Division on Okinawa....

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Awards for Valor to WW2 Native Americans

Name appears under photograph Congressional Medal Of Honor Lt. Jack C. Montgomery,…………………………….. Cherokee, Oklahoma Lt. Ernest Childers,…………………………………….. Creek, Oklahoma Silver Star S/Sgt. Francis B. Brave, Sioux, Oklahoma Lt. William Sixkiller, Jr., Cherokee, Oklahoma Pfc. Warren Gullickson., Sioux, South Dakota Pfc., James R. Alexander, Lummi, Washington Cpl. Leonard Webber, Shoshone, Idaho Lt. James Sulphur, Creek, Oklahoma Sgt. Knowlton Merritt, Klamath-Modoc, Oregon T/4 Roger K. Paul, Blackfoot, Montana Sgt Perry Skenandore, Oneida, Wisconsin Pfc. Ben Quintana, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico Cpl. Vincent Village Center, Sioux, South Dakota T/Sgt. Joseph Lawrence, Sioux, South Dakota Pfc. Francis Shaw, Pointe, Nevada Pfc. Philip Kowice,...

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Indian Honors in World War 2

A soldier, who is cited for gallantry in action, when that gallantry does not warrant the award of a Medal of Honor or a Distinguished Service Cross, is given the Silver Star. This decoration was awarded posthumously to Ben Quintana, a Keres, from Cochiti Pueblo. According to the citation, Ben was “an ammunition carrier in a light machine gun squadron charged with protection of the right flank of his troop which was counterattacked by superior numbers.” The gunner was killed and the assistant gunner severely wounded. “Private Quintana,” the citation continues, “refused to retire from this hazardous position and...

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Honor of Indian Heroism

The war has ended in victory for the United Nations, and after a troubled period of readjustment and reorganization, peace will come at last. The story of the Indians’ contribution to the winning of the war has been told only in part; and new material will be coming in for many months. As one of the Sioux boys says, “As a rule nowadays the fellows don’t go in for heroics.” But already the Indian record is impressive. In the spring of 1945, there were 2 1,767 Indians in the Army, 191 in the Navy, 121 in the Coast Guard,...

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