The American Indian in the Great War

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by liverpool annie, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    What struck me the most when I heard that 17,000 Native Americans had served in the Great War was that - not even thirty years after the end of the Indian wars - American Indians were willing to fight alongside their former enemy

    There are numerous stories of Indian heroism during the Great War and most of them recalled that Indians were born warriors "War seems the natural business of the Indian." In this process German and Indian soldiers were often put in the same category of savages ( though of course Indians were always the good savages !! )

    ( Aproximately 600 Oklahoma Indians, mostly Chotaw and Cherokee, were assigned to the 142nd Infantry of the 36th Texas-Oklahoma National Guard Division )

    I would love to know more about this soldier if possible !

    Annie :)
  2. Richard Landers

    Richard Landers New Member

  3. skyblue

    skyblue Active Member

    I had not heard about this. I am not surprised that the Indians made good soldiers. I think that those who assimilated faired much better than those who stuck to the reservations. That's my take on it, anyway.

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