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Were there any Native American units in the Pacific Theatre?


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Answered 2004-05-20 20:52:43

Yes, there were. Most noteworthy were the "Navajo Codetalkers," whos Native American language could not be understood by the Japanese. Richard V. Horrell WW 2


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