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"Kansas Profile" Series: How Native Americans Helped Win World War II

Along with other Native Americans, Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez helped America win the war in the Pacific during World War II.  After the war, he studied at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.  (Flickr_Fronteras-Desk)

Native Americans were an indispensable part of winning World War II in the Pacific. Because their work was highly-classified, the mission of Navajo Code Talkers was kept secret for more than 20 years after the end of the war. Guest Commentator Ron Wilson writes about Kansans for a series called Kansas Profile. Today, he tells us about Chester Nez, a Navajo Code Talker with ties to northeast Kansas.

Ron Wilson, Director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State UniversityGuest Commentator Ron Wilson is the Director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University. He's been writing and producing a weekly series of articles called "Kansas Profile" for more than 20 years. His work is occasionally featured here on Kansas Public Radio. 

Click here to learn more about this and other stories in the series "Kansas Profile," by Ron Wilson.




How a Native American with Ties to Kansas Helped Win World War II


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