United States Army Private Joseph Oklahombi
Contrary to the Hollywood war movie Wind Talkers, the practice of securing battlefield communication by having Native Americans
transmit messages in their own languages did not begin during the Second World War. The tactic was initiated amongst Choctaw
National Guardsmen in the Battle for Blanc Mont Ridge in the Champagne Sector of France in October 1918. Joseph Oklahombi
was one of these code talkers. But this particular code talker was also a mighty warrior; one of the greatest of the doughboys.
He reportedly captured more men in the Champagne than Sgt. York did in a comparable and more famous event in the Argonne
Forest [132 men captured] two days later.
During World War I, Joseph Oklahombi exemplified the courageous fighting spirit of the Native American. Joseph Oklahombi,
from Wright City has been lauded as Oklahoma's greatest war hero of World War I. He received battle citations from General
John J. Pershing and French Marshal Pertain the Croix de Guerre for his actions in the St. Etienne sector in France. From:
historical accounts & records
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