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This article appeared some ten months before America's entry into the Second World War; American men all across the Fruited Plain were being drafted but this column reported that the Native Americans were eagerly volunteering in unexpected numbers. The uncredited journalist went into some detail recalling how valiantly their father's had fought during the First World War.

The gang at Wikipedia did all the math and presented the following information:

"As many as 25,000 Native Americans actively fought in World War II: 21,767 in the Army, 1,910 in the Navy, 874 in the Marines, 121 in the Coast Guard, and several hundred Native American women as nurses."

The three Marine Reservists pictured above represent the tribes of the Blackfeet, Potawatomi and the Ojibwe, respectively.

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American Indians Step Up - Again (Newsweek Magazine, 1941)

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