Navajo Chester Nes tells why he joined the Marines in 1938

People ask me, ‘Why did you go? Look at all the mistreatment that has been done to your people.’ He said, “Somebody’s got to go; somebody’s got defend this country. Somebody’s got to defend the freedom. This is the reason why I went.”

During World War II, Marine recruiters came to a high school in Tuba City, Arizona, in search of Navajos to participate in a secret program. Chester Nez was one of the young men who volunteered…

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