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A Soldier's Story: Private First Class Joseph Oklahombi

Charley Jones. the historian of the Choctaw nation, tells us that Pushmataha, a Choctaw chief from the early 1800s, once predicted that the Choctaw war cry would be heard in a foreign land.

WWI fulfilled Chief Pushmataha's prediction.  Joseph Oklahombi, born May 1, 1895, enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 25th, 1918.

It is remarkable that PFC Oklahombi (as well as other Choctaw tribal members) enlisted at all.  The United States government did not, at this time, recognize Native Americans as Citizens.

PFC Oklahombi, with 19 other Choctaw tribal members were the first "code talkers" for the U.S. Military.  By using a language, which would have gotten them abused for speaking it within the U.S, used the Choctaw language to confuse and stump the German army.  The success of the Choctaw Code Talkers paved the way for the future use of Native American languages (the Navajo and Comanche) to confuse enemies.

PFC Oklahombi is also considered to be Oklahoma's most decorated WW…

A Soldier's Story: Captain Maude C. Davison

Captain Davison, born March 27, 1885, to Ernest and Janet (Siddus) Campbell, in Cannington, Ontario, Canada.

Captain Davison initially trained as a Dietitian, earning her certificate from the MacDonald School of Home Economics.  She immigrated to the United States, working as a dietitian in South Bend Indiana, before moving to California and attending the Pasadena Hospital Training School for Nurses.  She graduated in 1917.

Captain Davison's military career began with her enlistment as a reserve nurse in the Army Nurses Corp in 1918 and in 1920 became a US citizen as well as a member of the Regular Army Nurses Corps.

She was assigned to the Philippines in 1939 as Chief Nurse and was serving in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked in December 1941.  Transferring to the underground hospital in Corregidor, she continued to supervise the nursing until the surrender of Corregidor in May 1942.

It was Captain Davison's insistence that the nurses stick together and to always b…