Today in 1942: a United States government press release says forty percent more Native Americans have enlisted to fight in World War Two, than have been drafted. Altogether, twenty-five thousand Indians will serve in the United States armed forces, including eight hundred women.
In the Philippines, a Choctaw scout will escape from the Japanese at the “Battle of Corregidor”, and lead underground guerrilla forces until the war ends. The Oneida, Chippewa and Comanche will be able to block Japanese decoding of military information by dispatching messages in their tribal languages. Navajo Code Talkers will be instrumental in the landing at Guadalcanal, where they will send and receive reports from field commanders.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, the Rock County Progressives present a forum with Senator Kathleen Vinehout on Wisconsin’s Healthcare Exchange. This starts at 6pm with a cheese and cracker reception, with the speaker and discussion from 6:30 to 7:45pm. The public is invited. This will be at the Basics Food Cooperative, 1711 Lodge Drive in Janesville. More info at rockcountyprogressives.org.
Tomorrow at noon, the Portage Center for the Arts hosts a Brown Bag Lunch Series titled A Visual History of the Badger Ordnance Works. Verlyn Mueller, president and archivist for the Badger History Group, will present a history of the Badger Ordnance Works. Once the largest ammunition plant in the world, Badger had an indelible impact on the people and the landscape of the Sauk Prairie. There is a small admission charge. This will be tomorrow at noon at 301 East Cook Street in Portage. More info at 608- 742-5655 or portagecenterforthearts.com.