Sharing Oral Histories

Host Lisa Billy sits down with a group of six elders to discuss their experiences serving in various branches of the U.S. military. From Vietnam to Korea to World War II, they speak of their reasons for signing up, the difficulties of homecoming and the great dangers that they faced. The oldest veteran, Jerry Brown, recalls her experience working on photo intelligence in the Pentagon and seeing some of the first images from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The elders agree on being grounded by family tradition and love of country, and they recognize the Chickasaw warrior spirit that gave them strength.