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Navajo code talkers during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

At one time or another during the war, about 25,000 Native Americans from reservations were in uniform – 21,217 in the Army, 1910 in the Navy, 874 in the Marine Corps and 121 in the Coast Guard. In addition, several hundred Native American women were in service. They served in integrated units and were not kept separate. Thousands more servicemen who did not live on reservations could claim Native American heritage. Bernstein notes that they were a small fraction of the 15 million Americans who served. [1] For every ten drafted, fifteen others volunteered.[2] By 1940, a large fraction of Native Americans lived off reservations; their experiences in the war mirrored the general population. Of special interest was the enormous impact the war had on Native Americans living on reservations, mostly in remote western areas. The war meant the draft for young men, and high paying war jobs in far-away cities for others. Most of those who left the reservations did not permanently return there after the war. [3]   Read more:  Wikipedia.org  http://bit.ly/1IxjhQ1